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This book describes the wide array of social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researchers. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples. From blogs and wikis to Facebook and Second Life, author Drew Smith shows you how to incorporate these powerful new tools into your family history research. Specifically, you’ll find chapters devoted to the following social networking concepts and services: • • • • • • • • • • • • Blogs Collaborative editing Genealogy-specific social networks General social networking (Facebook) Message boards & mailing lists Photos & video sharing Podcasts RSS feeds Sharing personal libraries Tags Virtual worlds Wikis
THE AUTHOR Drew Smith, MLS, is an academic librarian with the University of South Florida in Tampa. An expert in digital genealogy, with a lifelong interest in family history research, he is Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is also a regular contributor to Digital Genealogist magazine and is co-host of the weekly Genealogy Guys Podcast.
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Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE William Dollarhide .
electronic or mechanical. Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 2006924535 International Standard Book Number 0-8063-1770-1 Made in the United States of America . Suite 260 Baltimore. 3600 Clipper Mill Road. Inc. or by any information storage or retrieval system.. without permission in writing from the author and publisher in any manner whatsoever except in cases of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. including photocopying.Copyright © 2006 William Dollarhide All Rights Reserved Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. Maryland 21211 No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means. recording.
Preface ............................................................................................................ 7 How to Start .................................................................................................... 9 Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Family Interviews ..................................................................... 9 Contact Other Relatives ........................................................... 10 Get the Death Certificates ........................................................ 11 Follow up Death Records ........................................................ 12 Federal Census Search ............................................................. 15 Billions of Names—Find One ................................................. 17 Family History Library Catalog Search ................................... 19
Where to Find More ...................................................................................... 21 Search for Book Titles on the Internet .................................................. 21 Important Genealogy Websites to Bookmark ....................................... 22 Lineage-Linked Sites ............................................................................ 24 Genealogical Software and GEDCOM Utility ..................................... 25 Find More at the National Archives ...................................................... 26 Regional Archives and Other Facilities ................................................ 26 Genealogy Resource Centers in the States .................................................... 29 Research Help for the Addicted .................................................................... 51 Professional Researchers ....................................................................... 51 Genealogy Magazines ........................................................................... 52 Online Genealogy Newsletters & Blogs ............................................... 52 The Top Twenty Reference Books for Genealogists ............................ 53 Master Forms ................................................................................................. 57 Family Data Sheet ................................................................................. 58 Pedigree Chart ....................................................................................... 60 Family Group Sheet .............................................................................. 62
Books by William Dollarhide
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790–1920
(with William Thorndale) (1987)
Managing a Genealogical Project (1988) Genealogy Starter Kit (1st ed., 1993; 2nd ed., 1998);
also published under the title Getting Started in Genealogy (2001)
New York State Censuses & Substitutes (2006) Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE (2006) Published by Heritage Quest, North Salt Lake, Utah: Seven Steps to a Family Tree (1995) Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735–1815 (1997) British Origins of American Colonists, 1629–1775 (1997) America’s Best Genealogy Resource Centers
(with Ronald A. Bremer) (1998)
The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules, and Indexes (1999) Grow a Family Tree! (2001)
If you ever wanted to trace your American family tree, this book will help you do it. Genealogical research is a process of discovering where written facts about your ancestors can be found. It has been said that over half of human knowledge is knowing where to find it. But that was before the Internet. Now we know where to find it. The object of this book is to reduce the process of genealogical research to its most basic elements, enabling the raw beginner to be brought up to speed in no more time than it takes him to read a handful of pages. At the same time it is a one-stop resource book for the practicing genealogist, providing in one convenient place the names and web addresses of essential record repositories. This book begins with a How to Start section outlining a unique seven-step system for gathering facts essential for any genealogical project: interviewing family members, contacting relatives, writing for death records, following up on death records, census searching, name searching, and Family History Library searching. These are the building blocks of genealogical research, the only prerequisites demanded of the researcher. A Where to Find More section follows, giving the websites of the most important genealogy “look-up” sites, lineage-linked sites, genealogical software/GEDCOM sites, and a list of the various branches of the National Archives and their web addresses. A comprehensive listing of Genealogy Resource Centers in the States comes next, giving the websites of the most important genealogical collections in libraries, archives, and genealogical societies for all states, followed by a Research Help for the Addicted section, with a listing of research firms, genealogy magazines/newsletters, and the most important genealogy reference books. In the back of the book are Master Forms used to keep track of the information gathered—specifically a Family Group Sheet, a Pedigree Chart, and a Family Data Sheet— all designed for making photocopies as needed. In a world choking on information, where prodigious feats of learning are required just to function, where explanations turn into textbooks, isn’t it a relief to find all the right stuff in just 64 pages!
for example. You may discover that others in your immediate family have different stories to tell. In a large family. Sketch a similar diagram on scratch paper or make a photocopy of the chart and then try filling in the blanks with names. When? An approximate date for a genealogical event (a date of birth. Start with your immediate family members—in person. and so on. The place is the key element in doing genealogy.com. and on and on—all because you know the place of death. you may already have their postal addresses. The Internet is going to be your main source for collecting information.) is needed to locate a person somewhere within a certain time period. by telephone. Therefore. before jumping into the billions of names listed on the Internet. there is a chance that you can find the results of that research on the Internet. After doing this you should have a pretty good idea of what you know and. etc. a church record. Write in the names and details using your memory only. if you know that your grandmother died in California in 1984. marriage. for example. (You would have to know the place he was born to know where to write. if you know that your father was born in Alabama in 1932. marriage. For example. sisters. If someone in your family has ever done genealogical research. married. a cemetery sexton’s record. Online: Have you tried a Google™ search of your name? See what happens when you use your father’s surname and mother’s maiden name together. Compare your memories with the memories of your brothers. grandparents. dates. Who (a name) 2.) Or. because that is where the records are stored today. voter registrations. Finding genealogical references to a person begins when you discover the jurisdiction where a written record was first recorded—a record of birth. or when you find evidence of residence. Go to: www. social security record. is important. but it can be an overwhelming experience without going through some steps to refine your research project. and places. death. more importantly.google. a tombstone inscription. or e-mail. residence. They are the three “W’s”: 1.How to Start What Do You Know? In the back of this book is a form called a Pedigree Chart. or any other living relatives. When (a date) 3. you can get a death certificate. lived. what you don’t know about your ancestry. including a maiden name for a woman. tax lists. If you receive and save Christmas cards from relatives. start with these steps: What Do You Need to Start? There are three things you need to know about someone to pursue his genealogy. the experiences and memories of the oldest child may be quite different . Where (a place) Who? A full name. then a funeral record. you can send for a copy of his birth certificate. or burial. such as land records. 9 Step 1 Family Interviews The first step is to find clues by interviewing members of your family. or died. Where? This is the most important one—it is the place where a person was born. If you know all three items for an ancestor in your pedigree you can obtain much more information. parents.
try to organize the notes in some logical order. countries) to find written evidence relating to the parents—your ancestors. Are there family photo albums? Are there old letters sitting in a trunk somewhere? Are there any family papers of any kind? Insurance papers? Think of things that are in your home or close relatives’ homes that may give Dad’s name or Grandma’s recipes. This is because they share the same parents. This is how we have success in genealogy. While the Pedigree Chart only identifies direct ancestors. and places for each brother or sister of your parents. Begin your note-taking with the idea that someone besides yourself may read them someday. Here is the place you can identify all of the children of an ancestor. you will have a worksheet for a family group.com for their free directory look-up—but there are many others. etc. Again. Online: Can you locate phone numbers or e-mail addresses for your close family members? How about a “White Pages” look-up. Collect and record any information you learn from the interviews. the Family Group Sheet is a place to identify your ancestors as parents with all of their children. cities. or sending off an e-mail message. Your cousins are sources to you now. For each married couple shown on the Pedigree Chart. Remember. As you gain more information. states. Use the key words “white pages directory” in a Google search to find them. An important rule that should be followed as you fill in the charts is to treat the brothers and sisters of your ancestors as equals. By understanding where each child was born. Note taking. or died. But whether you write it by hand or type the information into a computer file. These may be distant cousins or a great-aunt you really do not remember that well. greatgrandparents. along with their marriage dates and places. Start keeping notes on standard sheets of paper that can go in a standard loose-leaf notebook. Who ended up with Great-Grandmother’s old Bible? Has the family ever been mentioned in a book? Maybe an old history of Jefferson County? Is there a famous person to whom you are supposed to be related? And be sure to ask everyone in your family if they know of anyone who has ever done genealogical research on any part of the family tree. You may be better at keeping notes in your word processor. See if a reunion is possible. Suggestion: start a file with notes for one surname. Always ask about the places where people lived. using your telephone. Another form in the back of this book is a Family Group Sheet. the place is the key. you will have more places (towns. Include notes to yourself about the research.10 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE from those of the youngest child. The dates and places where brothers and sisters were born will show the movements of the family. Step 2 Contact Other Relatives Your homework should reveal names of other relatives. These notes will prove invaluable as you gather what you know about your family. married. We identify a complete family group. understanding the place is the key to finding any written evidence of a person’s life. lived. with all of the facts about each member of that family.msn. yet they share the same parents. Try www. either by writing a nice folksy “long-time-no-see” letter. dates. The Family Group Sheet is a very important tool. Cousins sharing the same grandparents may have completely different memories and impressions. they are branches of the tree that may lead you to a common ancestor (they all share the same ancestors as you). Interview questions. keep a record on the Pedigree Chart. Include the names of spouses of these siblings too. Moving back to the next generation will be much easier if you have more than just your direct ancestors to use for records and sources. a Family Group Sheet should be started. jot things down in such a way that the notes can be copied later onto 81/2" × 11" sheets. See if you can visit cousins in person. and so on. counties. and see what kind of family . who you contacted. Try to obtain the names. Record the family data. for example. Thus. grandparents. You need to contact them. By showing the brothers and sisters of your grandfather. perhaps there’s an old journal from the family farm business. If you tend to scribble and take notes on napkins or scraps of paper. when you did the work.
aunts. the fee for obtaining a birth. That means you should attempt to get a death certificate for uncles. or death record.vitalrec. territories or possessions—with links to vital records offices in many countries around the world.. Many successful genealogical projects were started by just contacting people with the same name. It is now time to send for copies of death certificates for any of your parents. In addition. etc. and great-aunts. The standard death certificate form for all states includes important information about the deceased.S. You do not need to know the city or county where a person died. your Pedigree Chart should have a few more details than when you first started. You can find other people with that name using phone books or city directories. in addition to parents and grandparents. you can have success writing letters and sending e-mail messages. On more recent death certificates. Even with a name like Johnson. This is one of the best free-access websites anywhere. there may be restrictions based on the length of time since the death occurred. Remember the rule of treating brothers and sisters of your ancestors as equals. and asking if they know of a connection to themselves. great-uncles. or children. The exact date and place of birth and death should also be on the certificate. the date the records begin. Offer to share any information you learn with them. You can create a letter or e-mail message that you copy and send out to those you can locate with that name. time period. and an exact place where your own Johnson lived. the certificate includes the name of the person’s father and maiden name of the mother. marriage. this is an easy thing to do. Step 3 Get the Death Certificates After you have gathered everything you can from your relatives. just kidding. and any other information you can add. death records may be available from a county courthouse. Online: Go to www. add full names. and the “informant” (the person who provided the information for the death certificate). and a direct link to a website. supported by most of the state vital statistics offices with frequent updates. you will learn more information about your own ancestors. and all U. children. Most of the state vital records websites give you the means of ordering a copy of a vital record online. grandparents. you may have to pay extra to have the state vital records office search a span of years for a person who died. Statewide registration of vital records started during the period 1900– 1920. An unusual or uncommon surname (your last name) is a benefit. Besides the cause of death. Usually. such as parents. giving some information about your ancestors. is a valuable way to add more details about your own ancestors. If you know the state in which the person died.com. To make contact with a person with a surname like Johnson. If you take these steps. Before that. the funeral director. where detailed information about accessing death records can be found. . grandparents. too). approximate date of death. But if your name is Johnson—have you considered going into stamp collecting? Sorry. Identifying relatives. You are related to someone because you share one person as a common ancestor. For other relatives. however distant. divorce.How to Start • 11 memorabilia they may have. You will be able to find the vital records office of interest. however. and all but a few states have vital records from about 1910 forward. parents. All fifty states are represented. This can really pay off. Generally. Each generation back in time should reveal more relatives. Add the names of a spouse. the cemetery where the body was interred. you may learn the name of the person’s spouse. so that a query can be recognized for any possible connection. death records are open to the public if the request is from a direct descendant of the person who died. or close relatives who have died. knowing a name. such as copies of photographs of their very own grandfather (who happens to be your grandfather. with secure online payment using a credit card. Today the best way to look up someone is to use the many “White Pages” available on the Internet. you will learn the deceased’s social security number. should be enough to locate a person’s death certificate. spouse. plus the District of Columbia.
he had very little to do with the information written on his death certificate.12 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Why a death certificate? Because it is the starting point for learning an exact place of death. To get an address and phone number for a funeral home anywhere in the U. they are more often taken over by another. The National Yellow Book of Funeral Directors. You need a document that you can cite as the source of the information. or just one source is not enough.) If you answer “Consumer” in the registration form. and phone number of every funeral home in North America. For each death record. address. and it is updated every 12 months. Next. etc. particularly if all you know is the state where a person died. Someone else did it.S. recorder. Online: The National Yellow Book is published by Nomis Publications of Youngstown. This directory gives the name. Since the one piece of information you can count on is the place the person died. call or visit a funeral director in your area and ask to use his directory of funeral homes. If the date of birth precedes statewide registration (about 1900–1920). Under that state will be listings of all counties with the local vital statistics registrar (county clerk. plus a search for active cemeteries and a limited supply of newspaper obituaries. you will now have some very specific and necessary tasks to do. Putting these other items of evidence together is how you prove something. And. the funeral director will have this information.) . Both of these directories are online at the Nomis website: www. You can contact a funeral home and ask if there are records concerning a person’s death and funeral service. Ohio. and they limit access to those involved in the funeral industry. If the name of a cemetery was not mentioned on the death certificate.).vitalrec.yelobk. most with direct links to the local website. With a death certificate in hand. Even if you have exact death information for a person from family sources.g. Funeral directors are well versed on other funeral home businesses in their area. If the death certificate gives a date and place of birth. It is estimated that 20 percent of all death certificates have a mistake on them. you can send for a copy of a birth certificate. At this point you may have enough information about a married couple to obtain a copy of a marriage record. (those where burials are still done). One document.com.funeralnet. and you need more than one document (for every genealogical event) if you ever want to have the proof of relationship. you still need to get a copy of a death certificate.. Since there are several types of records relating to a person’s death. you need to follow up any clues you learn and get some other records: Get more vital records. a birth record may still be available from a county courthouse near the place the person was born. Someone else may not have known all the facts. but if you designate yourself as an “Educational Professional” you will be accepted.com/directories/online_directories. So even if the name of the funeral home from a death certificate does not appear in any modern listing. Nomis also publishes a directory of active cemeteries in the U. Step 4 Follow up Death Records When Grandpa died. e. the same office is the keeper of divorce records. the next step is to follow up what you have learned from the death certificate. including those that may have changed their names since a death certificate was issued. (It may be a stretch. you will be taken to another free funeral website: www. Nomis wants you to register to use the website. Online: Go to the www. (Funeral homes rarely go out of business completely. html. including the exact location of the plot. or Canada. Get a funeral record.com site and locate a state. Funeral directors are usually very easy to talk to and cooperative (they want your family’s business). a funeral director in the immediate area can probably tell you what happened to the records of that old mortuary.S. one memory. A death certificate may mention the name of a funeral director. These records may have details not found anywhere else. you often pick up the names of relatives to the deceased not mentioned in other records. you need the death certificate to get the other evidence relating to a person’s death. This site has the same database of funeral homes supplied by The National Yellow Book.
000 entries meeting that key word criteria.). many include obituaries.webjunction.000 named cemeteries. Obscure inactive cemeteries. Bowker. If you write to a funeral director. etc.com/ directories/online_directories. There are many old obituaries extracted and indexed on the Internet. place of death.How to Start • 13 With the exact modern name and place of the funeral home.) Also. Online: A special website that provides direct links to libraries is the Libweb site (Library Servers via WWW) http://lists. You can immediately send for a copy of the deceased’s original application for a social security card. From this database it is possible to print a detailed USGS topographical map of the area. Most libraries will do this type of look-up for you. the cemetery is now a source of information. Online: check the directory of active cemeteries listed at the Nomis site at: www. If you believe your subject died in Oregon. etc. Get a cemetery record. see if that business has its own website. Provide the full name. although most of these cover only a short time in the recent past. Get the address for the library nearest the place your subject died and write a letter requesting a copy of that person’s obituary from a local newspaper. If you can find a website for a particular funeral home. the nearest church. Get a Social Security record. including small family plots located on old homesteads. mountains. If a person died within the last 30 years or so. “Jerns Funeral Bellingham.—and over 100. they may provide you with the names of local researchers who will do the work for a fee. called a form SS-5. If so.” Such a search will bring up the website itself. can be located in a database provided by the U. They may be on microfilm. When you contact the funeral home. For any person who was . Try a surname from your Pedigree Chart: many rural cemeteries were named for the first family donating land.S.. Do a Google search for the name and place. the death certificate includes his social security number. which leads to the next item: GNIS” to go to the query form.com site to find an address. If the cemetery is mentioned on the death certificate or found in the funeral director’s records. There may be a record at the office of the cemetery.. of New York. ask about the cemetery where the person was buried and whether they have an address or phone number for the cemetery office.org/libweb/.e. you are in luck. Go to: http://geonames. Go to your own library and ask for the American Library Directory. the nearest courthouse. including towns.R. The place names taken from the USGS topographical maps and indexed in the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) are the most complete and comprehensive of any place name database.. Geological Survey.g. including the exact latitude/longitude location of the cemetery. the nearest school. A newspaper obituary was probably published soon after the person’s death. and the gravestone inscription may be revealing as well.usgs.funeralnet. has this book. Inc. but if not. Funeral directors are also experts on the location of cemeteries in their area. look for websites for newspapers. Or visit the www.html. Old newspapers from the town where the person died are usually available in the local library. Included are named features found on the maps. as well as any reference to that funeral home from some other source (such as a genealogical report that lists names of people. streams. or at least know who might be the keeper of records for the cemetery. include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) as a courtesy. With the modern name and address in hand. Send off a message asking for help. Every library in the U. funeral home. and place of death (from the death certificate). etc. Most library websites have a place to e-mail questions to them. and to make it easy for him to return something to you. i. click on “Domestic Names” and then “Search Get an obituary. At the Main Page. do a Google search to see if that cemetery office has its own website. you should be able to find its e-mail address as well. and this database is how you find the exact location. Use the map to find other genealogical resource centers near the cemetery. e. date of death. All you need is the name of the cemetery and the feature (cemetery) to initiate a search for that name.S. cemetery. (Google says there are 387.yelobk.gov/. published by R. try a Google search using the key words “obituary index Oregon” to see what comes up.
The search does not require the social security number and can be done just for the surname. separated by the place where the record originated. For example. And you will be rewarded with a great genealogical document. KS2. and as more records are added you can separate the notes and documents by the places people lived. an indexing system that groups names by their sound rather than exact spelling. Your note collection can include references to 1) ancestors (parents. and places to the Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets. dates. The SSDI is online at several websites. For any person who died during the 20th century. maiden name of mother. you could have one notebook on the Johnson ancestors (plus people who married into the Johnson family. The SS-5 gives the person’s name. Even if your subject does not appear in the SSDI because the date of death was before 1962. 2) collaterals (siblings and their spouses and descendants). the year SSA began computerizing its records. date and place of death. One with free access is available at the RootsWeb site: http://ssdi. and possibly marriage and divorce records. you will learn something new about the person. Review. grandparents. One notebook can be organized by the surname of the ancestor. this is the best way to find out the social security number for a person who died. . The fee for obtaining the SS-5 is mentioned in the letter. and so on. Then.). KS-3. and a social security SS5 record. the online index at the RootsWeb site can be useful for creating the letter asking for a copy of the SS-5 form. date and place of birth. and 3) suspicious people (those who have the right name.g. Jonsen. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is updated quarterly and includes the name of nearly every person in America who died since 1962. Online: The Social Security Administration provides an index to deaths that is open to the public. Refer to the backside of the Family Group Sheet form at the back of this book to see how “References” can be identified. Johnson. etc. and even suspicious people). separate the Iowa Johnson notes in one group. From each document you obtain. Keep all three types together in the notes collection.” which creates a custom letter to the Social Security Administration asking for a copy of form SS-5 for the selected person. If you assign page numbers to your notes. occupation. address at time of application. Any hit for a deceased person who looks like your subject allows you to click on “SS-5 letter.rootsweb. Piles of paper. Jonnson. From the notes collection you will be able to add names. name of father. In fact. great-grandparents.. you will have a “source code” that can be used on the Family Group Sheet. but no proof of relationship). and name and address of an employer. com/. collateral ancestors. This is primary evidence because it was written by the person himself. you need to file them (or copies of them) along with your research notes in a notebook. you should follow up and obtain a copy of the deceased person’s birth certificate. middle name(s). The application was filled out by the person and includes his own signature. the Kansas Johnson notes in another group. e. The letter also can be used to request a copy of the SS-5 for a person for whom you do not have a social security number. All deaths reported to SSA are included. The surname search can be modified to include soundex spellings. but there are a few omissions due to the handling of social security accounts for surviving spouses or for people who never had a social security number. you need to add as much information about the person as possible: date and place of birth. your chances of getting this record are very good. names of parents. etc. As you receive documents through the mail.genealogy. Copy the letter to a word processor file and you have the means of printing and mailing the letter to the correct SSA address. as well as a funeral record. newspaper obituary. cemetery record. In such cases. such as Johnson KS-1. last name. And you will be gathering primary genealogical records that will prove every statement you make on a Pedigree Chart or Family Group Sheet. and social security number. time period. and so on. After you have a death certificate. The search form at this site includes a person’s first name. then modify the letter to be specific to your subject.14 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE employed from 1936 forward. Use the name of any deceased person to get the letter. etc. the chances are very good you can obtain all of these follow-up records. and place of residence.
From 1880 on. You may be able to look at these microfilmed census lists at a library near you. The soundex index was originally prepared by the WPA in the 1940s on 3" × 5" cards. And you will be collecting the records that may give a place where a person was born. because the first five censuses (1790 through 1840) not only counted the population. libraries. Often the place indicated is the state and not the county. the United States Constitution has a provision that a nationwide census of the population shall be taken every ten years. the latest federal census open to the public is the 1930 census. the next step is to find the exact place where a person lived from the federal censuses. But the electronic files need the same organizational attention to “source codes” for each page of notes. the 1930 does not have a complete soundex index like the 1920. Therefore.S. or a place of birth on a death certificate that says your great-aunt was born in New Jersey. on microfilm. Complete surviving manuscripts of the censuses.S. D. in 1920. the Mid-Continent Library in Independence. This provision has become a boon for genealogists. hired hands. one for each head of household. adding the picture file to your word processor textual notes collection. House of Representatives. and even immigration information. 1790–1930. Larger city libraries may have at least their state’s census microfilms. And the original paper documents you gather need to be put in a safe place. the starting point is the 1920 census. such as the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. married. which have microfilms for all surviving censuses from 1790 through 1930. Indiana. education. the census schedules list the names of each member of a family with their relationship to the head of the household. for census years after 1840. making the federal census schedules a tremendous source for finding families living in America. This indexing system allows you to find a person in the census whose surname can be spelled different ways. If you are near one of the facilities with all census microfilms. A federal law protects the privacy of any person named in a census for a period of 72 years. The cards now appear one after another on a roll of microfilm. divorced. or individuals. they listed the names of the heads of households living in every state. . and lists every member of the household by name. which has a unique soundex index to every head of household and for all states and territories. are now located at the National Archives in Washington.How to Start • 15 If you want to reduce the manual paper drudgery. Missouri. Beginning in 1850. The federal census is how you find the name of the county in Alabama and New Jersey in which the events occurred. You will have success in finding primary documents for your immediate families. personal wealth. lived. the best place to look is at one of the regional branches of the National Archives. All state libraries/archives have complete sets of census microfilms for their state. Census records have become a major source for locating the place where an ancestor lived and.) A few other national library collections have all federal censuses. however. and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. try scanning the image of each document. and many have sizeable collections for surrounding states as well. The many thousands of original population schedules from the 1790 through 1930 censuses have been microfilmed and made available to archives. as well as double letters and all vowels. The old census name lists survive for all censuses except 1890 (which was destroyed in a fire) and certain states for the period 1790–1820. and then coding the hard sounds of the remaining letters. spouse. If any of your ancestors was living in the U. the federal census was taken by listing the names of every member of a household. occupation. (Find these facilities at the www. such as an obituary that says your grandfather was born in Alabama. as a result.C.gov/locations/ website. Next.archives. organized by state and alphabetically by the soundex code. the soundex Step 5 Federal Census Search You can now build on the information you have gathered so far. children.) A soundex index is a method of indexing names by removing extra letters from a name that sound alike. learning about his date and place of birth. To apportion the U. 1830–1930. but for off line research. (The 1930 census is online. or died.
Before the advent of online census indexes. Name indexes included at HeritageQuest Online are only for the heads of households for most years. This is the website for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. are those at the www. The most complete. But to look at an individual record or image from the lists of names. but the most important aspect of census searching is the ability to find precisely the place on the ground where someone lived. Check with your local library to see if they subscribe to the HeritageQuest Online databases and whether that library will allow remote access to it. including a link to the image of the census page on which a name appears. There are many details about families that can be learned from the census schedules.” Go to the second part of the census search screen. To find one.) Use this form to search for a single person and the results will show hits from all of the censuses. Therefore.familysearch. The other website.org site. go to the main RootsWeb page at www. you will open the door to many more genealogical sources related to that place. 1910. www. Published statewide census indexes exist now for the period 1790–1860 for all states. For focused census searches. “Search a Specific U.ancestry.rootsweb. and 1930 censuses each have a soundex index.” Or do a Google search for a specific state and year. Click on “Websites. are online at several sites on the Internet. A subscription (upwards of $200/year) is required to access Ancestry’s records and images. it was these printed census indexes that became the basis for most of the census indexes online today.com. census-online. All census schedules from 1790 to 1930 are organized by the counties within each state or territory. The first. You can do a search for a name in the entire database of censuses. which can be useful if the name is uncommon. you can use them to focus your search for a surname or narrow your search down to a specific county of residence. A compete searchable 1880 federal census is online at the www. such as “1860 census online Iowa. all of which are finding tools.com. which will be described later. each item can be reviewed in more detail.com commercial site. does the same .16 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE index is the way to find them on a census page.” After a search and subsequent list of names. click on the “Search” tab at the top of the Ancestry Home Page screen. Ancestry will try to sell you a subscription first. Online: The scanned images of every page of all federal censuses. www. 1900. 1790–1930.” There are two very useful websites designed just for finding census records online. Even without a subscription. including “US Federal Census. This site is only accessible at a subscribing library or institution—there are no individual subscriptions.com/ site is also complete for all federal censuses. the Home Page for the Ancestry site has a search form for finding names of people in their various database collections. 1790–1930. only the 1900 and 1920 are complete indexes for every household in America. (Ancestry says they have over 4 billion names.censusfinder. This will bring up the categories of databases available. Of these. But the results will also include names from many other databases. and indexes for 1870 are partially complete. but they do offer a 14-day trial membership for free. 1920. Federal Census by Year. where limits to a person’s approximate date of birth will help narrow down the search.S. In fact. These book indexes are found in the same libraries and archives as the census microfilms. it is usually more efficient to search each census year separately. but the black and white images of every census page are often clearer and easier to read than the Ancestry grayscale set. The http://heritagequestonline. and any countywide census database can be accessed with a direct link from this site. 1790–1930. 1790–1930. And as you begin to learn the residences where your ancestors lived. The 1880. There are other federal censuses online at various RootsWeb sites. Since these soundex and printed indexes are organized on a statewide basis. the name list will be endless. and with the most every-name indexes. many computerized name indexes to censuses were published in books. But there are many subscribing libraries that allow their patrons (those with a library card) to access the site remotely. But for a name like James Johnson.com. gives a list by state of every county.
This is the Home Page of the Family History Library (FHL) website. so try not to place them on the pile. a shotgun approach to searching the Internet in the look-up databases still needs to be oriented to the Name— Date—Place criteria. with literally billions of names. but since the sites are updated at different times.000 entries. you will be inundated with unknown people.e. i. you will be presented with an endless list of people with the name James Johnson worldwide. state) of the event. exact spelling of a name or soundex spelling. death. date. American vital records. The compact disc version (discs 1–105) of the Pedigree Resource File contains more family in- Step 6 Billions of Names—Find One Surfing the net to retrieve genealogical data starts with two important “look-up” websites designed specifically for initial genealogical research. dates. Your census searching will be successful. But for more common surnames. submitted by people from all over the world. place of birth or death. A family found here is hot-linked to the Ancestry. A name search here takes you through the combined indexes of six major databases. court records. etc. Use both sites to find a countywide census extraction online.S. If the surname is uncommon. and a place (U. and place: www. Keep going and find your families as far back as possible. and Canada alone. A hit on a person listed here allows you to locate the name and address of the person who submitted the information. Pedigree Resource File™. An every-name index and extraction of the census which can be displayed on the screen for one individual or one family exactly the way the names appeared on the original handwritten census schedules. A collection of linked families. Identify the copies by assigning a page number.familysearch. and separating them by surname and place. Census records will add more paper to your collection than any other resource. think of a means of keeping them in notebooks where they can be revisited as needed. . Piles of paper. If you type just the first and last name and start the search. searching for just a person’s last name will be rewarding.com site and the same page (scanned image) of the census schedule. Since the census images are online at the Ancestry.S. and the searches can be done using several distinguishing criteria. 1880 Federal Census. Starting with the 1930 census you will find your ancestors and you will be led to where they lived at the time of the 1920 census. You can test this by going to the FHL Home Page and searching for James Johnson. and residences of people extracted from a myriad of local resources. date of birth or death. Here are the two main lookup services which allow you to search for a person by name. some with several generations. and more. and submitter information. The lists are nearly the same.org. and at least that many for all other countries.How to Start • 17 thing in a slightly different format. Here are the major databases included in the Family-Search look-up: Ancestral File™. with records that have been submitted by individuals through the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. Therefore.) 1881 Canadian Census. The IGI has over 250 million entries for the U. perhaps as many as 25. parent information. A database containing over 105 million names online.). such as European parish records. you can make copies of these pages. International Genealogy Index™..com is required if the link starts at the FHL FamilySearch site. (No membership in Ancestry. etc. see what is new at each. and the list can narrow to only a few hundred entries. a range of years for the event. adding them to your notes collection. An every-name extraction for all Canadian provinces and territories. This online index includes individual records with events. either electronically as picture files or directly to your printer. Several generations of your ancestry can be identified using census records alone. But try the search again by adding an event (birth. A database of names.com and HeritageQuest Online sites.
. perhaps more. You will find that many of the Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File entries are names submitted by other genealogists. . you will have collected more paper than you thought possible.com. Immigration Records -New York Passenger Lists -Passenger & Immigration Lists -more .com and Ancestry. 1890 -Early UK and US Directories -more . dates. . This time go to the Home Page search. Newspapers & Periodicals -Historical Newspaper Collection -Periodical Source Index -more .18 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE formation. . In any search the resulting list of names can be viewed. Another approach is to browse the record categories. Military -WWI Draft Registration Cards -Civil War Service Records -more .” but having the names integrated into the other databases is useful. and you are now responsible for confirming any relationships asserted in these files. . After your census searches and those in the databases at FamilySearch. An abbreviated category list includes the following: Census -US Federal Census -UK Census Collection -more . Within each category a name search can be done. and places of every person on your Pedigree Chart. So it is possible to survey the names of interest from the Ancestry site and then decide if a membership is warranted. www. it is one of the most successful commercial sites of any kind. . Social Security Death Index (SSDI). Family & Local Histories -AGBI -Slave Narratives -more . This version of the SSDI (unlike the one at the RootsWeb site mentioned in Step 4) is not linked to a “SS-5 Letter. . . . Family Facts -Surname Distribution -Place of Origin -more . . Ancestry ranks in the top ten of any website in the world. And with over one million paid subscribers. . Your first visit to the Ancestry site was to search the federal censuses. Be specific to a name. . . Marriage & Death -Social Security Death Index -Obituary Collection -more . Remember. but access to the records or images requires a subscription. Extend these searches to every member of a family and you will be well on your way to a full genealogical presentation through at least four generations. An active genealogist is destined to sign up for an Ancestry membership because the databases available are so unique and important to genealogical research. . . plus many records with notes and sources (but not all). and rarely are sources cited for the information they submitted. either by contacting the submitter or repeating the research they did to arrive at the relationships. from the Social Security Administration. and places of your ancestors. . . . and place to narrow down the number of names that will appear on the hit list. . date. You should have a pretty good handle on the names. Directories & Member Lists -New York City Directory. dates. MA Probate Index -more . Trees & Community -OneWorldTreeSM -Message Boards -more . Based on the number of visits.ancestry. Reference & Finding Aids -Genealogical Library Master Index -Ancestry Map Center -more . Searching the FamilySearch site is going to reveal more possible ancestors and collaterals. Court. Birth. Land & Probate -Texas Land Title Abstracts -Middlesex. You cannot extend your pedigree without documentation that proves a relationship. . . .com. . a membership is not required to search the databases for the names. Do a search for every ancestor on your Pedigree Chart and every member of a family from your Family Group Sheets.
and marriage records. Archives. The best place resources (for the world) are found at a library in Salt Lake City. or perhaps extracted. original court records on microfilm. Make a note of those that look like a place to continue looking for evidence of your ancestor in that county. This will present an alphabetical list of the counties of that state. but you may discover that there were state censuses taken in that state as well. Step 7 Family History Library Catalog Search Searching census records and the main look-up sites will provide precise information about a place of residence for a person.familysearch. Using the online FHL catalog. and vital records. military lists. Some will be from the same county.” then “Family History Library Catalog. and administrations. birth. the chances are very good that his name is written down in a courthouse record of some kind.How to Start • 19 Next. which gives a query box to type the name of a place. voters’ registrations. Type the name of a state first.5 million rolls of microfilm. a researcher will discover that every county courthouse in America is an untapped treasure chest of information about the people who lived in that county. and historically. Bibliographies. and it is the same place you visited earlier for a name search in the FHL databases. (For example. and the array of genealogical resources found there can only be described as “astonishing. At any state topic list you will note that the microfilmed statewide federal censuses are listed in detail. If a person ever bought land there will be a deed record in the courthouse.) These topics relate to statewide records. Are there birth records? How about land and property records? Maybe there is a published history of the county. Censuses. make a list of every county identified as a place of an event from your Family Group Sheets. As a result. a person’s birth. It is now time to start a location search for more genealogical information in that county. Here is the place to determine which county records have been microfilmed. this library is open to the public. so to look at a list of topics for one county of that state. This will take you to an alphabetical list of topics for that state. censuses and tax lists. including Almanacs. all available on microfilm. Utah. check New York. or death record may be there. click on “View Related Places” in the top right hand corner of the state topic screen. the equivalent of 6 million 250-page books can be found in over 2. estate papers. and so on. death.” Select the “Place Search” option. This time click on the tab for “Library. Many of these county courthouse records are on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. public services at the county level are the most frequently used. voters’ registrations. These resources may include published histories for a county. or probate records. and a whole range of source material currently available. Utah.” In addition to nearly a half-million books on their shelves. licenses to engage in business or service. This is the Home Page for the Family History Library. Look for resources that may include the name of your ancestor. For example. Cemeteries. particularly the name of a county rather than just the name of the state. Bible Records. Think of it as a “to do” list. Business Records. such as wills. but to be thorough. there are tax lists.141 counties in the United States. Since the county of residence is the most important place for finding more information. Do this survey for every ancestor on your Pedigree Chart and for every member of a family shown on your Family Group Sheets. Online: Go to: www. military lists. registered cattle brands. marriage. which has state censuses from 1825 to 1925. abstracted. or indexed in books. county.S. In addition. the next step is to find out what resources are available to you from a U. civil court records. Select a county and you will be presented with a topic list for that county. you can call up a list of any books. or microfilm publications containing genealogical information for . Virtually all of the topics contain name lists. periodicals. maps. Operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. such as tax lists.org. There are 3. Even if a person lived in a county for just a few years.
go to the link at the FHL site Home Page for “Family History Centers. when you discover a new name. Nearly all of the resources are available on interlibrary loan.20 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE any state. or town of the United States. This is how you start a genealogical project. go back to your relatives for their memories. Outside the courthouse. For example. territory. The new information may jog an old memory that did not surface the first time around. museums. knowing the right county of residence narrows the search for cemeteries. county. or for countries all over the world.” These are the seven steps in Getting Started in Genealogy Online. You will note that there is a thread that connects each step: the place where an ancestor lived. To locate one near you. “All I did was go on the Internet and ask for a printout of the Johnson Family.” . and other places where genealogical information is available about past county residents. genealogical societies. You should repeat the seven steps each time you identify a new ancestor. libraries. and anyone can make use of a local Family History Center to borrow rolls of microfilm. It is the most important ingredient needed to pursue your genealogy because the place is where records are stored today.
particularly for CDs of census indexes. The search engine at Google is the world’s most used browser. www.” Often. Here are the best websites on the Internet for finding genealogical publications: www. To do this. such as a county history.Where to Find More After going through the seven steps for Getting Started in Genealogy Online there will still be holes on your Pedigree Chart.” If the seller provided an index to names in a book (many do).g. The FHL catalog search (Step 7) was a survey of the places of residence for your ancestors. This is also a good place to find a bargain price for a used book. 21 Search for Book Titles on the Internet If you want to find information about a particular book. and the resulting list is well presented. you can get the exact title of the book from your FHL catalog search. and vital records indexes. Keyword searching is possible for any title. a current auction with a detailed book description and indexed names can be found using the keyword search (advanced). but refine the search to include “titles and descriptions.com. www. your “to do” list may include several published books. There may be a greater number of CDROM publications at bargain basement prices here than anywhere else. the most important genealogical look-up sites are identified below. and for . Enclosing the title in quotes. eBay has a growing number of auctions under the category “Everything Else > Genealogy. You can search for a specific title using several generic browsers and other genealogical look-up browsers with great success. most online searches should still be related to the Name—Date—Place criteria. specifying must words or phrases. In the Google search box. Search for any title or author to see if you get a hit. type in the full title of a book and you will find it. And your Family Group Sheets will also need more details for each member of a family. Without the quotes. you will get thousands of added hits for anything in which one or more of the words are relevant. or using words from a title only.barnesandnoble. good reason: the number of search hits is about double that of any other browser. The Google Advanced Search allows for more creative searching. histories. mainly as a means of learning what records have been published in books or are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. you may find it thousands of times. With the “to do” list compiled from your FHL catalog search. e. “Genealogy and History of Montgomery County.. you can now begin a systematic search for these same resources that may be online..com. an extraction of vital records. In fact. and there are many ways of finding almost any historical or genealogical book title online.ebay. New York. But first. New books are listed.” limits the first hits to that exact phrase.com. such as omitting certain words. Barnes and Noble is the world’s largest bookseller. Add the word “online” to the search criteria and see what happens. To be successful in finding more genealogical information.google.com. but also used books available from affiliate sellers. You also can search some of the most important library collections through their online library catalogs. etc. obscure genealogy titles can be found here.com. You can search by author or title. Virtually every book in print or recently out-of-print can be found at Amazon. www.amazon. a census index.
allowing anyone remote access to special online resources not normally accessible outside of a library. abstracted court records. and original family histories. Quickly gather background information on any place in the world. (GPC). Important Genealogy Websites to Bookmark The FHL catalog search was the start for finding resources relating to a state or county in the U.com.280 feet (one mile) of shelves with books.000 total titles as far back as 1847. with more than 5.cfm. Locality searching here may bring up records found nowhere else. military lists.. this library has annual memberships (for under $40. For people with New England ancestry.lib. and the “to do” list you compiled can now be used to see . The catalog search enables you to find a book title by subject or author.S.000 books and CDs. Easy to search.C.loc. www.C. Early American Newspapers (Readex). most of which have never been published anywhere else. with articles dating back as far as the 1700s. cemetery extractions. The ACPL Historical Genealogy Department includes the largest number of printed county histories of any American library. www. Major cities or obscure villages.newenglandancestors. Daughters of the American Revolution) in Washington. Quickly find obituaries.000+ libraries around the world.22 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE www. the UK. Search more than 1. The library has 5. manuscripts.org/library/onlinlib. In addition to a unique American genealogy collection. http://catalog. vital records. articles. Narrow your search to just marriage notices or obituaries.gov/. This is the Home Page of the Godfrey Memorial Library of Middletown. the largest publisher of genealogical titles in America. What makes the DAR library unique is the thousands of submitted manuscripts from local DAR research teams all across the country.00). D. New York City.100 current subscriptions and nearly 10. parents.org/index.org. It would stand to reason that the largest library in the world would have an excellent genealogy collection. Separate collections of more than 3. Included are these library-only online databases: OCLC Worldcat. More Newspapers. Publications are easy to locate here. fully cataloged online. Canada. This is CATNYP.us/genealogy/ index.dar. this site is a must. Invaluable genealogical tool. This is the Home Page of the New England Historic Genealogical Society of Boston. including cemetery transcripts.in.nypl. print. Massachusetts. http://catnyp. GPC is responsible for many of the primary research publications needed by genealogists. Ideal for quickly identifying the county for every city.genealogical. and military lists. Columbia World Gazetteer.000 historic newspapers from across the U. D.acpl.org/.2 million biographical sketches including more than 3 million spouses. Name searches are available at the Home Page. and their online catalog at this site is the place to search. Connecticut. Individual names and articles may be accessed through the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). A recent addition to their website is a name search to some 30 million names indexed from GPC’s 2.. www. Marquis Who’s Who. This is the website of the Genealogical Publishing Co. Search their online catalog to find one. The premier library online catalog.S.htm. compiled by the department staff.godfrey.S. this source will give you the background information you need... children. The department also holds the largest English-language genealogy and local history periodical collection in the world. of Baltimore. or save. Inc. This is the “Genealogy” page for the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) of Fort Wayne. PERSI is a featured online database at both the Ancestry. the online catalog of The New York Public Library.com and HeritageQuest Online sites. Search every word of these digital copies of America’s earliest newspapers. This is the online catalog of the DAR Library (National Society. Indiana. It has become the primary source for digging up genealogical information published in periodicals—name lists. This is the online catalog page for the Library of Congress in Washington. and newspaper data of all types. etc. Quickly find any book about your family among 58 million titles held by 30. www. from virtually all counties of the U. Maryland. and the world.html.
World’s Fairs and other events Introduction and Guides -Cyndi’s List of Iowa locality links (Source: Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet) -Union County Research Guide Iowa Genealogical Society -Union County Resources (Source: RootsWeb) -Union Genealogy (Source: GenDir) And there are more items under these categories: Land Records Libraries. Diaries. at the Home Page. Museums.” followed by a county list. And since many of the Google search results will refer to the Linkpendium site. 1882–1898 includes Creston (Source: Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company) -Creston Directory 1889 (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) -Dodge Township 1876 Directory (Source: Kinyon Digital Library) -more directories History -1876 History of Union County (Source: Kinyon Digital Library) -National Register of Historic Places -Union County (Source: Wikipedia) -Tornados. locality where detailed genealogical information is available.S. Blizzards. 1771 Tryon County New York (Source: Olive Tree Genealogy) · Family Files Surnames Department of History and Archives. Migrations through Montgomery County . For example. Linkpendium turns out to be a powerful search engine for genealogical subjects.Where to Find More • 23 if any of these resources are available as online databases. “Statewide Resources. In less than two years. why not go there next? www. all linked to a specific website. New York.com. Click on a county to see an excellent array of resources for that county. For example. Genealogies.S.net) -Cemetery Maps -Gravestone Photo Project (Source: USGenWeb) -The Political Graveyard (Source: The Political Graveyard) -Union County Iowa Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project (Source: The American History and Genealogy Project) -Union County Cemeteries (Source: ePodunk) -Union County Cemeteries (Source: Kim’s Cemeteries of the United States) -Union County Cemetery List (Source: Find A Grave) -WPA Graves Registration Survey Union County Census Records and Indexes (13) Directories -City Directories: Southern Midwest.” Adding “link” is an apt description of this remarkable compendium of the body of genealogical knowledge. click on “Localities: USA” to see the alphabetical list of states. and RootsWeb. There are several important websites where you can start this search. Memoirs. Click on any state to see the first item. . including Linkpendium. Floods. Correspondence -Creston GEDCOM Index -Union County Biographies (Source: U.org/ (English) defines the word compendium as “a concise yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge. http:/ /wikipedia. if you are seeking something about the history of Montgomery County.linkpendium. Linkpendium has surpassed the standard genealogy site locator (Cyndi’s List). the exact title of a book is not necessary.5 million websites—links that lead you to websites specific to one surname. with six times the number of websites and a simple concept of reducing all searches to just two categories: find a surname or find a place. Archives -Family History Library Holdings (Source: Family History Library) -Union County Libraries (Source: Public Libraries Library Directory) -USGenWeb Archives (Source: USGenWeb) Mailing Lists and Message Boards Maps and Gazetteers (15) Military Records and Histories Newspaper Records . Cyndi’s List. This site has a Plain Jane look about it. or links to a U. A typical county list of resources may include the following: Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA > Iowa > Union County: Biographies. . Using the keywords “History Montgomery County New York.” one of the first Google hits listed will be the following: Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA > New York > Montgomery County. But there is nothing plain about a site that offers direct links to over 3. Biographies Project) -Union County GEDCOM Index Cemeteries -Cemeteries of Union County (Source: Interment. Oral Histories.
obituaries. Archives. generated by a genealogical software system. first for the entire U. Africa. censuses. Sites Library of Congress National Archives Social Security U.24 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Obituaries and Funeral Home Records Photographs. Computers and the Internet.S. History U. Cajun & Creole. Family History Library topics for a county. Military U. Alaska. It should be pointed out that a search in either Linkpendium or Cyndi’s List will directly link to all of the RootsWeb/ GenWeb locality databases. Adoption. Thus. “No Frills” Category Index. Adoption. and ePodunk county sites. Linkpendium has combined all of the Web’s major genealogical locator services into one compendium. Census U. The pedigree details from a GEDCOM file are then merged with linked lineages that have been submit- From the Main Category Index. (Localities. histories. and so on). Postcards. and other material specific to a surname (33) Transportation and Industry Vital Records U. and anything else that can be of value to genealogists. Click on “Websites” to see the categories.com/.org). RootsWeb is now owned and operated by Ancestry. Marketplace. The RootsWeb/GenWeb websites are updated frequently. This is Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. and some of the latest databases may not be included in the main look-up lists yet. but going to RootsWeb or GenWeb directly to do the search will bring up the latest entries.. Austria / Österreich. a website for each county. History—Lewis & Clark U. The names. Cyndi’s List offers several different category lists. An alphabetical listing with no added notes. with thousands of links to websites focused on genealogy in European countries. Billed as the oldest and largest free genealogy site.S. an integrated system of websites for presenting genealogical databases online. biographies. Alabama. and so on). Thus. and so on). USGenWeb sites. Start at the RootsWeb Home Page to review the organization. Civil War ~ War for Southern Independence U. (Aberdeenshire. www.S. With the goal of digitizing genealogical name lists. Asia & The Pacific. And Cyndi’s List is international in scope. Inc. here is an example of the organization for the United States Index: General U. All of these references are to major look-up sites in their own right. Ethnic Groups & People. Lineage-Linked Sites A “lineage-linked” database website is a place where genealogists can publish their pedigrees into a large database online. An alphabetical listing by subject (Acadian. Help from Others. RootsWeb is also the host for The USGenWeb Project (www. History—The Great Depression U. Historical Images Projects Surnames Web sites. and within each state. both systems are manned by volunteers.—State Level Records Repositories: State Libraries. Searching Cyndi’s List may prove useful for certain categories that cannot be placed in either a surname or locality focus. AfricanAmerican.S. Africa. Topical Category Index. or indexes Main Category Index.cyndislist. Genealogical & Historical Societies U.—Vital Records In the above list of websites.S. the databases vary from county to county. Linkpendium has become a starting point to find specialized surname and locality sites on the Internet.S. and Migration.usgenweb.S.com/.S. RootsWeb sites. Courthouses . Acadian. the standard look-up website for genealogical information since 1996. Alphabetical Category Index. note that there are references to Cyndi’s List of localities.S. This is the Home Page for RootsWeb. Emigration. The concept of both of these systems is to provide locality websites. all of the RootsWeb/GenWeb sites are places where genealogy gets easier. based on the time and interest of the volunteers in each. Because it is organized by category rather than surname/ place. African-American. then by state. Immigration. Cajun & Creole. first for surnames and second for localities. vital records. dates. Australia. places.rootsweb. But overall. www. because there are many online databases that can be searched. and relationships/lineages for each tree are prepared by submitters in a special electronic format called GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunication).S.S.
links. More than 400. (No membership required to access this database. but more often links are to a spouse only.500+ GEDCOM databases. Ancestral File. A good review of the top ten genealogical software systems is at: http://genealogy-softwarereview. WorldConnect Project. death. The data mostly comes from GEDCOM files submitted by Ancestry members. and then displays the most probable matches for your ancestors. The FHL invented the GEDCOM utility and it is included in PAF. Over 22. all of the links found in one of the lineage-linked databases need to be taken as “possible” rather than “the truth. As a result. OneGreatFamily.” If more than one genealogist submits an identical. and names of children is done to ensure the match is correct. . but there are just a few that have any great numbers of users. all of the data is subject to confirmation. More than 420. or extended pedigrees. A checklist of name spelling. name of spouse. The searchable databases at the Family History Library’s Home Page include the following lineage-linked databases: Pedigree Resource File. Information entered by members can be matched and merged with that of other members to create family trees.toptenreviews. place of birth. place of marriage.” which includes the following direct links: Ancestry. Provides its members with the ability to collaborate and build a worldwide genealogy database. includes data hand-entered mostly by LDS members. Extensive coverage from European sources. pedigree.000. There are hundreds of genealogical software systems available on the market. The main problem is that many of the pedigree links come from untrustworthy published sources. names of parents.000. When this happens. The database comes from earlier handentered data (some 25–30 years old) rather than from recent GEDCOM file submissions.com/). GenServ—Family History. The system provides notification of potential matches with data already contained in the database. To get the GEDCOM utility you need a genealogical software package that includes that utility. one submitter may gain from information submitted by another—one who had more names.) You will note that all ten systems reviewed are for Windows PCs only. The best way to access one of the linked lineage sites is to start at Cyndi’s List (www. such as printed family histories. This dataSM FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service— Search for Ancestors.Where to Find More • 25 ted by others. but incorrect. there is no way for the lineagelinked system to know if the information is correct or not. analyzes the birth. base gathers family trees and family history records for millions of people.000.000 names. Some sophistication is used by the system to determine if a newly submitted person is the same as one already in the database. However.) Three of the software systems should be noted here: Personal Ancestry File™ (PAF).” In every case you should confirm the information and the sources and contact the submitter. This software has a huge user base and is available as a free download from the Family History Library’s website. Family history files that have been submitted by registered users of the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. yet they are often copied by genealogists as “the truth. This is an ideal way to share your work and make contact with cousins you never knew about. because it depends on the veracity of the submitted information.com—OneWorldTree . date of birth. date of marriage. (There are only a couple of systems for the Macintosh.com. There are many published genealogies with blatant errors. Genealogical Software and GEDCOM Utility You need the GEDCOM utility to submit data to one of the lineage-linked databases. (No membership required to access this database.) Ancestry. International Genealogical Index.com—Ancestry World Tree. From RootsWeb. or repeat the research done by the person who submitted the information. Go to the Main Category Index and find the category “Databases—Lineage-Linked. A free database that allows people to publicly share their family trees with other researchers.000 names in 15. Pre-GEDCOM. Links may be to the parents of a person.000 names.cyndislist. and marriage data.
Website: www. 8th and Pennsylvania Ave. National Archives and Records Administration.26 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Family Tree Maker™. 8601 Adelphi Road. National Archives and Records Administration. including all names.gov. family group. After the data is entered into a software database. a large collection of aerial photographs of the U. An excellent overview of the record groups in these facilities is in the book Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. This is the main branch of the National Archives. The two facilities are described below.gov/northeast/boston/index. textual biographies.S. The research centers (indicated with a ✩) have case files from the various federal district courts. including homesteads. with over 2 million users. passport applications.rootsmagic. A product of Ancestry. plus many other manuscripts. National Archives and Records Administration. places. parents. DC 20408. and has custom-printed reports that can go to your word processor for editing.html Find More at the National Archives Finding genealogical records in their original form should start with the National Archives. As a result.archives. N. every item can be converted to the GEDCOM format.S.C. RootsMagic™. It’s a way of advertising your work and to find other people working on your surnames. Regional Archives and Other Facilities The National Archives and Records Administration recently reorganized by combining thirteen Regional Archives. Both of these facilities have significant records of importance to genealogists.. Massachu- . Massachusetts. with 65. Waltham. and links to spouse. and children. and general information about both archives is at the NARA website at www. ships’ passenger arrival records. The GEDCOM utility in RootsMagic compiles the information faster than any other software system. Pittsfield. Archives I—Reference Branch.) The GEDCOM utility built into FTM includes direct submission of files to the OneWorldTree database. dates. plus all notes. National Archives and Records Administration. (Basic version is about $30. In each regional archives branch (indicated with a ★) there is a reading room with all federal censuses. or lineage. soundex and printed census indexes. or source references. This facility also houses the Cartographic and Architectural section.g. This can be done with no loss of data. Frederick C. it can be purchased from their site. The largest selling software.archives. area. D. The two main branches of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) are in the Washington.W. plus many other federal records. and public domain land entry files. Available for about $30. Records include U. military and pension records. four Research Centers. Washington. which describes the nature of the archival materials with the most value to ★ Northeast Region (Pittsfield). on microfilm. ★ Northeast Region (Boston). a genealogist can start with any genealogical software system. which has the original topographic maps produced by the United States Geographic Survey beginning about 1888. descendancy. MD 20740. Inc.com.000 rolls of microfilm having importance for genealogical research... and two National Personnel Records Center facilities. and the National Personnel Records Center facilities (indicated with a ✪) have military personnel records and federal employee personnel files. Murphy Federal Center. This software is probably the easiest to use. 1790–1930.. The GEDCOM utility included in virtually all genealogical software systems has become the standard method of transferring linked genealogical files between computers. It has the best layout of a pedigree. e. This section also has drawings from patent applications. Archives II—Reference Branch.00 from the publisher at www. then decide to change to another system by exporting a GEDCOM file from the first system and importing the same file into a second system. federal censuses.. But the GEDCOM utility has really proven its value as a means of submitting genealogical information to an online database. SM genealogists.00. and many more original records. College Park.
gov/midatlantic/public/index. Website: www. Website: www. New York.html ★ Northeast Region (New York City). Dayton. California.gov/great-lakes/dayton/ index. National Archives and Records Administration.html ★ Rocky Mountain Region (Denver).gov/northeast/ nyc/index. Alaska. National Archives and Records Administration. Website: www.html ★ Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage).archives. Website: www.gov/great-lakes/chicago/ index. Website: www.archives. Saint Louis.gov/northeast/ pittsfield/index.archives. Website: www.html ★ Pacific Region (San Francisco). Website: www.archives.html ★ Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel).archives. Website: www.html ★ Central Plains Region (Kansas City).archives.gov/pacific/sanfrancisco/index. Ohio. Website: www. Denver Federal Center. . National Archives and Records Administration.gov/dc-metro/ suitland/index.gov/rocky-mountain/index.gov/centralplains/kansas-city/index.gov/midatlantic/agencies/index. Laguna Niguel. Website: www. National Archives and Records Administration. Pennsylvania.archives. National Archives and Records Administration.gov/southeast/index.archives. Georgia.archives. New York. California. archives.archives.html ✩ Central Plains Region (Lee’s Summit). Saint Louis. Missouri. Website: www. Washington. National Archives and Records Administration.archives.archives. Pennsylvania.html Texas. Chicago. National Archives and Records Administration.gov/pacific/ laguna/index.gov/centralplains/lees-summit/index.archives. Website: www.archives. National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration.html ★ Southeast Region (Atlanta). Missouri. National Archives and Records Administration. Seattle. Philadelphia.html ✪ National Personnel Records Center. Website: www.gov/pacific-alaska/ seattle/index.gov/pacific-alaska/ anchorage/index. Colorado.html ★ Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle). Website: www. National Archives and Records Administration. Fort Worth. Website: www. National Archives and Records Administration. Kansas City.html ✩ Washington National Records Center. East Point. Military Records Facility. Civilian Records Facility.html ★ Southwest Region (Fort Worth). Lee’s Summit.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/ index. National Archives and Records Administration.Where to Find More • 27 setts. Illinois.html ✩ Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast Philadelphia).archives.gov/southwest/ index. Suitland.html ✩ Great Lakes Region (Dayton). Maryland. Website: www. Anchorage. Website: www.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/ index. Missouri. National Archives and Records Administration.html ★ Mid-Atlantic Region (Philadelphia Center City). National Archives and Records Administration. Philadelphia. San Bruno.archives. Missouri.archives. Denver.html ★ Great Lakes Region (Chicago).html ✪ National Personnel Records Center. Website: www.
. serene atmosphere of their local library as a place for research.28 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogists enjoy the quiet.
Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: http:// library. local historical and genealogical periodicals.html Draughon Library.html Mobile Public Library. Birmingham. and family folders. Alabama.lib.us/sou/ Samford University Library. Mobile. Special Collections & Archives. county. the Irish Historical Collection focusing primarily on counties Cork and Kerry. collections of Baptist and other denominations’ records. Visit the online catalog page at: http://hpl. Alabama. us/genealogy/genealogy. Since original genealogical references are most often found today in a repository near the place where a person resided. Alabama.lib.htm Alaska Alaska State Library.ak. Auburn University. libraries.samford.state. and census records.state. Juneau Alaska. or state archives. Birmingham Public Library. deeds. A very good genealogy department in its own building. Auburn.bham. newspapers. the resources you need may be in a local. The order in which they are listed suggests the way a genealogist might visit them for the best results in locating resource materials. Go to the “Genealogy Resources” page at: www. etc.us/ibistro/ Alaska State Archives.al.al. Montgomery. periodicals. they don’t have everything. maps. Includes a good historical collection of early Alaska settlers. Although the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a great number of these local records on microfilm.ak.html Alabama Department of Archives and History.state. Alabama.org/lhg. These facilities are the best genealogy resource centers in each state. county.auburn. or in a library or genealogical society.archives. This is the starting place for research in the earliest Alabama territorial and state records.us/hist/publications. Huntsville.edu/topics/genealogy. Review the types of records accessible here. usually to a “Genealogy Resources” webpage.us/ ge. Alabama. The archives. Go to the “Genealogy Guide to Resources” webpage: www. A brief description of each facility’s collection explains why. Visit the “Genealogy” webpage at: http:// library.edu/special/genealogy. Visit the “Local History and Genealogy” webpage at: www. Every county represented with local records. Websites are given for each facility. maps. and state sources comes next. Visit the “Genealogists & Historians” webpage at: www. Alabama. and societies shown below for each state are listed because of their significance to genealogists. Birmingham. Excellent genealogy and religious history collections.archives. Alaska.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States After surveying the national sources for evidence of your ancestors. manuscripts of local and family history. so you need to survey the records available at the local repositories.mplonline.html# Genealogy Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. A good collection of books.htm 29 .lib. Probably the best collection of published materials for Alabama families. Juneau. a survey of the local. marriages. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. and a starting point for genealogical research in all time periods of Alabama. This library houses genealogical and historical sources primarily for Alabama and the Southeast.al.
edu/ collections/ Arizona History and Archives Division (the State Archives).com/ California Bancroft Library. Arizona.edu/lib/ archives/arizona.. California. and original statewide birth and death records. church records.htm Mesa Arizona Regional Family History Center. folklore.lib. org California State Library. Arkansas.edu/library/apr/manuscripts. Go to the “Genealogy Collection” webpage at: www. Visit the webpage for the “Pacific Northwest Collection” at: www.us/archives/.org/ Research. Berkeley. Alaska. Arkansas Collection. the Bancroft Collection is outstanding for early settlers. early trails. University of Washington. Civil War. Go to the “Historical Manuscripts and Photographs” webpage at: www. Genealogists are well-treated at this facility. Although its specialty is Southwest Arkansas. Fayetteville. and religions. California.berkeley. histories. Review the resources at the Main Page: www.30 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Rasmuson Library.az. personal papers. Locate county records. 1846– 1986).az.uark. etc. Little Rock. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a one-stop place for research in Arkansas.southwestarchives. Arizona. black history. Phoenix. Arkansas. Phoenix. Arkansas. state history. Old Washington Historic State Park. us/is/genealogy/index. Holdings include a great newspaper collection for California cities. Arizona. Visit their main webpage at: www. Ozarks. The Pacific Northwest and Alaska coverage is outstanding.az.html Arizona The Arizona State Library. Sacramento. Tempe. University of California. manuscripts.com/ Suzzallo Library. check out the Arizona Biographical Database available online at www.lib.cfm Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives of the Arkansas History Commission. miners. Fairbanks. Arizona. Has two divisions with significant genealogy collections: Arizona Law and Research Library Division (the State Library). Mesa. A very good genealogy collection and one of the largest Family History Centers in America. Archives and Public Records. Arizona. Visit the webpage for “Collections” and “Digital Collections” at: http://bancroft. Arizona State University. the largest genealogical index in the state (the California Information File. newspapers. University of Alaska— Fairbanks. business records. Visit their website at: http://anchoragegenealogy. This library may have as many materials relating to Alaska as any repository in Alaska.washington.lib. edu/specialcoll/collections/pnw/ Anchorage Genealogical Society. Tennessee. Special Collections. stagecoaches. Includes a collection of microfilm for all county vital records.cfm Carl Hayden Archives. Included are oral histories. Visit the “Arizona Collection” webpage at: www.ark-ives. scrapbooks. Also. Go to “Finding Aids to the Manuscript Collections” at: http://libinfo. and genealogy. Visit the “California Genealogy Resources” webpage . and newspaper clippings.mesarfhc. Go to the Main Page at: www. Many early records not at Little Rock are at this regional facility for early Arkansas people. A very active group of genealogists who are always willing to help people looking for Alaska ancestors.html Arkansas Arkansas History Commission Archives. Washington.lib. diaries. With 60 million historic manuscripts. Phoenix. Many published materials relating to Arizona history. as well as family histories and many other genealogical records. deeds.edu/specialcollections/ findingaids/indexnew. Washington.us/Bio/index. plus the entire South. probates. Visit their Main Page at: www. and Georgia en-route to Texas.asu.htm University of Arkansas Library. Special Collections. etc. Seattle. this facility has references that can solve some of the hardest parts of research in Arkansas—finding those settlers who came through Arkansas from Kentucky. This library has more historical material about western North America than any other facility.uaf. Ozarks history.
History and Genealogy Department. Hartford.000 genealogies.gov/html/CalHist/cal_ Genealogy. The State Library’s online catalog is the place to find resources statewide. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Denver. A very good Colorado collection.” located at: www. Great genealogy collection.htm New Haven Colony Historical Society. A great genealogy collection.com/ California Genealogical Society and Library. homesteaders.colorado. New Haven. California. New Haven. County.coloradohistory. One of the largest LDS Family History Centers in America.org/handg. A very active club. heavy on early California people. To see a 155page index to the names. A family name index to the collection is available through the databases link on the library Home Page. Oakland. Puritans and Congregational Church records.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 31 at: www. and an outstanding library with a great genealogical collection for California and the rest of the country. miners.colorado. biographies.chs.htm Denver Public Library. Go to “Search the Historical Records Database by Name. and manuscripts. 6th Edition. Colorado.org/chs_library/ library. The Western Historical Collection has newspapers. Los Angeles Regional Family History Center. Visit their Main Page at: www. Connecticut. California.html Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library.org/web/cgs/cgshp. California.calgensoc.lapl. Connecticut. Compilers of the American Genealogical and Biographical Index. Territorial. Colorado. stage lines. Of the records that exist for the earliest southern Connecticut towns. Yale University. and county records statewide. several interest groups.org/central/history. Denver. military.yale.htm Connecticut State Library.html Connecticut Connecticut Historical Society. Los Angeles.larfhc. Connecticut. diaries. and more. books. Hartford. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. San Francisco. Wagon trains. Connecticut.org Los Angeles Public Library. cowboys. Library Archives.org/index.library. This is a library with over 8 million titles.godfrey. California. See page 22 for other features. Home Page: www.edu/mssa Colorado Colorado State Archives.ca. families. Go to the Main Page at: www. cattle trails. Open to the public. places. journals. diaries.cfm early land grants. and more.lib. early settlers. Stephen H.htm . The “Manuscripts and Archives” webpage is at: www. Connecticut.gov/ dpa/doit/archives Colorado Historical Society. and New England history. Time Span or Record Type. including more than 10. Go to their Main Page at: www.htm The Sutro Library. New Haven.lib.state. journals. outlaws. Go to the “Western History/Genealogy Department” Home Page at: www. More than 40. A branch of the California State Library with an excellent genealogy and local history collection. Manuscripts. Middletown. Burbank. Boulder. miners. and churches. nsf?Open University of Colorado.library. California. Colorado. Go to the State Library’s Main Page at www. 2005. Town records. early lawmen. For a complete review of the materials available go to the “History and Genealogy” webpage at: www.us and click on “Main Catalog.scgsgenealogy. edu/archives/index.us/whg/index.cslib. farmers. entitled “A Guide to the Manuscript Collections. manuscripts. Home Page: www. this library has the best collection. Godfrey Memorial Library. Hart Library. Connecticut.ca. Los Angeles. Sutro is the place for genealogical research in northern California.” go to the University Libraries Archives webpage at: http://ucblibraries.000 volumes. Colorado. early settlers.co.” Check also “Electronic Resources” for the types of databases online. and shepherds. Visit the “History/Genealogy” webpage at: www. early statehood. Denver.org Sterling Memorial Library. Go to the library page to review the materials available: http://nhchs.org/library/ geneal.denver.
state. visit the “Local History & Genealogy Reading Room” webpage at: www. and Delaware. Washington. Go to the “Family History & Genealogy” page at: www. html#genie District of Columbia National Archives I and National Archives II. Includes colonial records. Wilmington. Newark. D.dos. New Jersey.html Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library.hsp. Ohio. church records. Thomas Jefferson Building.gov/ and gives anyone access to the huge collection of books. Civil War. An excellent genealogical collection and the place to start looking for Florida people. Gray Building. A good place to locate early settlers in Pennsylvania. indexes to all burials in a particular cemetery. Go to the “Public/Finding Aids” page for a list of databases: www. Cleveland history.wrhs. and Shakers. Delaware.hsd. shtml Historical Society of Delaware. plus many lineages submitted by DAR members. Pennsylvania. Daughters of the American Revolution). family Bibles. D.lib. most researchers would never know they exist. including a searchable Probate Records Database online. Visit their website at: www. Tallahassee. These unique censuses can be found nowhere outside of Florida.C. Florida. and without visiting the Archives’ website. Dover. Local History & Genealogy Reading Room. Go to the Special Collections Department. and historical documents.udel. slavery. maps. See “How to Find Genealogical Manuscripts” at: www. deaths.C.htm Maryland Historical Society Library.32 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Western Reserve Historical Society Library. or extracts and indexes to county records such as births.edu/ud/spec/findaids/index.asp University of Delaware Library.mdhs. biographies.loc.asp?id=148 to locating book titles on any subject. the Archives has the original 1935 and 1945 Florida state censuses. The resources in this library are unmatched by any other library in the world. A research center for the District of Columbia. Philadelphia.C. newspapers. org/library/template.org explore/library/FindGenealogicalManuscripts.aspx?id=122 Florida Florida State Archives (Bureau of Archives and Records Management. “Manuscript and Archival Collections” webpage at: www.) The Library of Congress. Another set of records similar to the State Archives. Many unpublished manuscripts. Germans.gov/rr/genealogy/ DAR Library (National Society. all counties represented. Cleveland.citymuseumdc. deeds. D.C. D. black and ethnic. and state records. Florida State Division of Libraries and Information Services).state. Original records of early Quakers. Scotch-Irish. Historical Society of Washington.cfm Delaware Delaware State Archives.org/ gengd. Baltimore. and genealogies. histories. A. Good coverage of colonial records for every hundred and every county.org/default. including grave locations of Revolutionary soldiers.fl. The Western Reserve was a region of Ohio settled by refugees of the Revolutionary War from the State of Connecticut. An online catalog search is available at www.) Go to the “Collections” webpage for a review of the Genealogical Collection: http://dlis. Delaware.dar. manuscripts. records. go to the “Delaware Genealogy” webpage at: www. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Research Library. For A Guide to Research in the Historical Society of Delaware Research Library. The main card catalog is the key .loc. marriages. R. (FHL missed these state censuses. much like the state archives in any state. Delaware.archives. For a review of the genealogy holdings. Missing Washington. abolitionism.htm Kiplinger Research Library. including periodicals. newspapers. Maryland.de. Hall of Records.org/ Do_Research/collections. (See page 26 www.gov. As an example of genealogical sources found here. Online catalog: www. Washington. The collection excels in American Revolution. and other colonial settlers in Penn’s colonies.org/ library/onlinlib.us/barm/collections.us/sos/dpa/collections/collections. wills and administrations.
Research Library. U.lib. Hawaii.hawaii. Honolulu. Good genealogy collection. Georgia. Go to the “What Do We Have?” webpage at: w w w. Go to the “Genealogy Collection” webpage at: www. Spanish colonial records.hawaii. Georgia histories. newspapers. For a brief description of the types of records they hold. newspapers. An excellent genealogy research facility.co.edu/ .htm St.com/ Lib_and_Archives. Athens. plus county Bishop Museum Library & Archives. and Captain James Cook collection. Laie.asp?bhcp=1 histories. Brigham Young University. borderlands.edu/Special Collections/index. Florida.html Joseph F.S. Savannah. This is the place to locate early Georgia people. Hawaii. For links to bibliographies.edu/spec/pkyonge/ index.shtml Pace Library. Japan. Georgia. Georgia. Georgia. Online catalog: http://uhmanoa. immigration records from 1900.org/library. newspapers. u g a . Gainesville. bibb. Iolani Palace Grounds.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 33 Orlando Public Library. University of Hawaii. Florida. Go to the “Archives & Special Collections” webpage at: http:// w2.fl. Includes Spanish parish records of births. hawaii. Go to the library catalog or archives catalog. Hawaii government collection. Go to: w w w. Florida. Visit the GHS “Library and Archives” webpage at: www. Pacific Islands. Middle Georgia Regional Library System.uwf.shtml Washington Memorial Library. o r g / w h a t _ d o _ w e _ have/default. biographies. Honolulu. and more. Pacific Islanders.lib.byuh. county records. county histories. Georgia. African-American resources. Honolulu.edu/library/archives/index. Morrow.html Hamilton Library. Florida. and deaths dating back to 1594. Review the resources at their webpage: www.com/~CowetaGS/ Hawaii Hawaii State Archives. Focus on Hawaii.staugustine historicalsociety.ocls. Good coverage of American genealogical sources as well as Florida.uflib. Augustine Historical Society. A good genealogy collection.georgiahistory.hawaii. Macon. go to the “Welcome to the Research Library”: www. whalers. Online catalog: http://statearchives. Review the “Special Collections” webpage at: http://library. Orlando. Hawaii.lib. documents center. g e o r g i a a r c h i v e s .edu/webvoy. family records. county records. Augustine. Grantville.us/library/GH. Largest overall genealogy reference library in the state. Yonge Library of Florida History. at this webpage: http:// bishopmuseumlib. the earliest church transcripts in America. both accessible by name. and more. Pensacola. Good place for locating early Hawaiians. family histories. Visit the Yonge Library webpage at: www. The library’s “Special Collections” webpage describes the manuscripts and also leads to The Digital Library of Georgia. l i b s . State government records.ufl. newspaper indexes. University of Florida Libraries. Hawaii Campus. Hawaii. marriages.html Coweta County Genealogical Society and Historical Research Center. and yearbooks.edu/ P. Drop your names of interest at their website: http://members.gov/hidocs/ Georgia Historical Society Library. St. Honolulu. e d u / s p e c i a l _ c o l l e c t i o n s / index. and early Anglos in Hawaii. University of West Florida. Best collection of Family Group Sheets for all of Georgia. Orange County Library System. and Asians. visit the “Hawaii & Pacific Section” at: www.lib.htm Georgia Georgia Archives. An excellent collection of materials relating to the first east coast Florida colonists.tripod. For references to early Georgia settlers this is the largest manuscript collection in the state. Nearly as many genealogical resources as the Atlanta archives.htm Hawaii State Library.htm University of Georgia Library. Mariners. and local history. One of the best library collections in the state for genealogy. This is the starting place for locating references to the earliest Florida people (the Florida Panhandle settlers). K. Smith Library.us/Locations/MainLibrary/DRI/ genealogy.ga. title. best Florida newspaper archives. subject. Hawaii.
Go to the “William Henry Smith Memorial Library” webpage at: www. biographies. early settlers. Check out the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.illinoishistory.edu/ ~liblilly/collections. early Indiana. railroads. library. and one with an aggressive program to index local records as online databases. For links to County Records on Microfilm and Idaho Naturalization Records. marriages. Library and Archives). Illinois. McKay Library. Indiana.htm David O. births. and more) at the State Archives website.html#anchor58337 Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.html Indiana State Archives. uidaho.htm Indiana Indiana State Library. genealogies. Springfield. Go to the “Genealogy at the Newberry Library” webpage at: www. with a genealogical focus on the Midwest. Indiana. farmers. and oral histories. Go to the “Special Collections & Archives” webpage at: www.in.indiana history.34 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Idaho Idaho History Center (Idaho State Historical Society.htm Indiana Historical Society Library. One of the leading research libraries in the world.in. farmers’ registers—another archives for Illinois.com/departments/archives/data bases. county records. Fort Wayne. Idaho.lib. Indianapolis. Indianapolis. and an excellent county history collection (see page 22 for details). newspapers.in.shtml The Newberry Library. Visit “The Collections” webpage for access: www. See also the online databases: Idaho State Death Index 1911–1951 and Eastern Idaho Death Records. Rare book library.” a webpage with a very large alphabetical index to names. great indexes.idahohistory.S. County and state records. this is a library of national significance. Indiana University.indiana.gov/icpr/ archives/family/ Lilly Library. Historical collection heavy on pioneer settlements. “Historical Genealogy” webpage: www. go directly to the “Researcher Services” www. Mountain men.newberry. Illinois.byui. Great collection. Indiana. Indiana. Check out the genealogical research that can be accomplished online at the “Online Databases” webpage. subjects. and outstanding finding aids online. maps.acpl. deaths. Indiana.html Allen County Public Library. Moscow. Boise.edu/special-collections/sc-desc. Genealogy Division. The State Archives and the Illinois State Genealogical Society have joined forces to provide online indexes (veterans. Urbana. British. gov/lib/ishlgen. Excellent reference library for locating Illinois people. To access these databases visit the “Genealogy Division” webpage at: www. manuscripts: www.net/library_ webpage: services.uiuc.cyber driveillinois. family folders. Go to the “Special Collections & Family History” webpage at: http:// abish. org/genealogy/collections. Archives Building.statelib. Illinois. probates. Old State Capitol. Polish. available online. Illinois. Books. State censuses. County histories. biographies. Go to: http://www. lib.cfm University of Illinois Library.lib.edu/ihx/collectionsindex. and more. ranchers. Manuscripts. Rexburg. Idaho. A larger collection for outside of Indiana than for Indiana itself. German. Lithuanian. PreChicago fire records. Chicago. Brigham Young University—Idaho.us/WWW/isl/whoweare/genealogy. genealogies. Go to “Illinois History Collections.html . Original records from all Indiana counties. Mormons. BYU-I is responsible for the Western States Historical Marriage Records Index.html University of Idaho Library. Idaho. with the largest collection of genealogical periodicals in the U. canals. Indianapolis. Go to the “Family History” webpage at: www.edu/specialCollections/famhist/ index. Springfield. histories. newspapers.us/genealogy/ index. This is the site of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Best Indiana genealogy resource center. County records. civil court case files. county records. Bloomington.org/library/ Illinois Illinois State Archives. Indexed vital records.
Manhattan. Vincennes University. Genealogy. Like another archives for Kentucky. Iowa.org/ Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Earliest settlers in Kansas well documented in obituaries. Topeka. Kentucky. Kansas. Manuscripts. manuscripts. Iowa City.kyhistory. Kansas. county records. with county chapters statewide. This is the place to start locating Kansas ancestors. Family folders. Library Archives Bureau.ky.kdla. Waterloo. county indexes. Visit their website at: www. Kansas. Louisville. Largest collection of family folders in Kentucky. Des Moines. Iowa Genealogical Society Library. genealogies. The Iowa City branch is served by the same website as the Des Moines branch (see above). early Indiana. Start at the “Lewis Library” webpage at: www.net/kgs/ Spencer Research Library. Iowa. newspapers. books. DAR collection.htm Filson Library. Pre-Civil War records for Kansas are excellent. The library has special collections relating to Ohio River traffic. Visit their website at: www. Native Americans.edu/AcademicResources/Shake Library/lewislib.org/info-computers/ #genealogy . Dodge City. Good genealogy and local history collection for the Cedar Valley of Iowa. steamboats. Primary records.rileycgs. Kentucky. genealogies. periodicals. Vincennes. manuscripts. biographies.us/iowahistory/library/library_ offers/library_offers. One of the largest and most active genealogical societies in America.html Marshalltown Public Library. Marshalltown. and more. and more. Best collection of family folders and genealogical periodicals in Kansas.dodgecity. biographies. For details go to the “Hans J. Des Moines. Iowa. histories. htm Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa—Des Moines. government. Old Statehouse. railroads. University of Kansas.ku. Kansas Collection.edu/kc/ State Historical Society of Iowa—Iowa City.com/ Kentucky Kentucky Historical Society Library. Frankfort. Visit their website at: www. including genealogy.marshalltownlibrary.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 35 Lewis Historical Collection Library. html Riley County Genealogical Society Library. Kansas. and more.org/who_we/ HansLib.org/genealogists/index. A good starting point to locate Kentucky ancestors.vinu. Iowa. Indiana.state. Newspapers. many not in Indianapolis.iowagenealogy. cemeteries. Go to the “Collections Overview” webpage at: www. Visit the “What the Research Libraries Offer” webpage at: www. Go to the “Information & Computers” webpage (Genealogy) at: www. family folders. maps.aspx Kansas Kansas State Historical Society. Go to the “Genealogists” webpage at: www. Iowa.groutmuseumdistrict. Library Archives Bureau.html Kansas Genealogical Society Library. Filson Historical Society. migrations. genealogies. printed genealogies. Original Kentucky state and county records. Chryst Library/Archives” webpage at: www. lib. Capitol Complex. pioneers. Lawrence. Microfilm of state records. Go to the “Research Databases” webpage at: http://catalog. Center for Historical Research. A great collection. Publisher of county records. newspapers.org/about/library. land records. Go to the “Kansas Collection” webpage at: http://spencer. histories. indexes. railroads. This is an outstanding collection of Iowa materials. business. city directories. If you own a library card from this library you are allowed remote access to the HeritageQuest Online databases.kshs.gov/collections. Frankfort. Not a repeat of Des Moines. periodicals. Kentucky.ia. Every known printed Kentucky history and genealogy. Many newspapers. Best for original manuscripts for early Kentucky history. and a wealth of historical Grout Museum of History and Science Library. and more.
Maine. New Orleans.edu/resources. Confederate soldiers. Bowling Green.maine. counties.us/ARCHIVES/archives/ archives-library.state. Great collection for genealogists. The Home Page at their website has links to downloadable databases.ma.htm Fogler Library.uky.umaine. early militia lists.gov/msl/services/reference/gen_ resources.html Maine Maine State Archives. land records. Augusta.la. early settlers. family.org/gen_over view. An excellent list of resources can be viewed at the “Genealogical Materials in the New Orleans Public Library’s Louisiana Division & City Archives” webpage at: http://nutrias. ships and shippers.htm Maine Historical Society Library. oral history. and business records are included in the major indexes. Records for all Louisiana parishes.htm Massachusetts Archives of the Commonwealth. Special Collections and Archives. Kentucky. Kentucky. maps. Maryland. A good genealogical collection.state.ngb. Visit the “Louisiana State Archives Research Library” webpage for a good description of the types of records available: www.htm Margaret I. Maryland. Excellent collections of early Maine settlers. Louisiana. go to the “Search the Archives” webpage at: www. A great repository for historical resources. King Library” webpage at: http:// ukcc. towns. Newspapers. and other indexes.sec.us/arc/ arcgen/genidx.edu/ Maryland Maryland State Archives.la. Special Collections. Acadians. oral history.mil/dmh/jbml_about. U. Indians. fisheries. Refer to the “Researching Your Family’s History at the Massachusetts Archives” webpage. boundaries. University of Kentucky. Baton Rouge.sec. and historical manuscripts relating to Kentucky. biographies. early settlers. Go to the “Unique Fogler Library Collections” webpage at: www. Louisiana.html Jackson Barracks Military Library. genealogy.maine. Baltimore. and government documents. rivers. Augusta. Tulane University. Appalachian collection. and research guides. Louisiana.S.mdarchives. and a national list of applicants for membership in the United Confederate Veterans after the Civil War. and much more.md. Louisiana. genealogies. online archives. Annapolis.library. Orono.filsonhistorical.wku. Massachusetts.org/guides/ genguide/gguide4. Go to the “Genealogy Resource Materials” webpage at: www. University of Maine. newspapers. special collections. New Orleans.shtml Louisiana Division & City Archives. History. New Orleans Public Library. and much more.tulane. New Orleans. Portland. Original records from all Maine counties and towns.36 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE materials for the Upper Ohio Valley. church records. which includes “Papers on Maine”: www. King Library.391+ campus+0039 Louisiana Louisiana State Archives Research Library. Go to the “Welcome to Special Collections” webpage at: http:// specialcollections. army. Go to the “Margaret I. This is the premier resource center for locating early Maryland settlers. Maine. Office of Adjutant General. Visit their website at: www. For links to the library.html Kentucky Library. Since Maine was formerly part of Massachusetts. Lexington. us/msa/homepage/html/search. Like another state archives. For a review of the resources go to: www. Over 130 indexes to Maryland deeds. Maine. online indexes.edu/ library/tip/genealogy. and Shakers. Western Kentucky University. Go to: www.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Library.edu/cgi-bin/dynamo?maps. Go to the “Genealogy and Family History Research at MHS” webpage at: www. county records.org/library. newspapers. many of the records up to 1820 can be found in the Massachusetts Archives.htm Maryland Historical Society. Jackson Barracks. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.state. Boston.mainehistory. immigration records. including southern history. Large genealogi- . War of 1812 soldiers through World War I. Great surname indexes. Maine.htm Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
many are unpublished genealogies of New England families. Baltimore. newspapers. Go to the “Burton Historical Collection” webpage at: www. Massachusetts.html alone there are over 18.sec. Unpublished manuscripts. Boston. The name of virtually every immigrant to New England during the colonial period can be found here. town and county histories. An excellent collection of historical materials. not repeats of materials at other repositories. county. town histories. A collection of New England genealogies.newenglandancestors. etc.org/ library_collections/ Michigan Library of Michigan.htm Boston Public Library. Go to “Researching Your Family’s History at the Massachusetts Archives” webpage: www. The size of this library’s genealogical collection ranks with the best in New England.americanantiquarian. deeds. An excellent Michigan local history and genealogy department. The library shelves contain over 5.7-16017449_18635---.org Massachusetts Historical Society Library. this library’s documents are estimated to account for 75 percent of all recorded printed works generated during America’s first two hundred years of existence.org/ explore/library/FindGenealogicalManuscripts. Massachusetts. Biography.edu/~bhl/bhl/refhome/ genie.net/ slrc/md/genresearch.us/arc/arcgen/ genidx. Boston. Excellent collection of local.. and original materials. Massachusetts.org/research/socsci/genealogy. mi.lib. Michigan. and more. Go to the “Genealogy and Family History Resources” webpage at: www. Arts. newspapers. representing the single largest collection of extant American newspapers for that period. Haverhill. For a description of the genealogical materials go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.state. See “How to Find Genealogical Manuscripts” at: www. ranging from children’s books to poetry. University of Michigan. and state books and records. genealogies. In total. Burton Historical Collection. and Libraries” webpage at: www. Ann Arbor. biographies. probates. Home of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research. genealogies.1607. Boston. with great indexes. htm American Antiquarian Society Library. published histories. Visit their Home Page at: www.htm Massachusetts Massachusetts Archives of the Commonwealth. One of the best genealogy libraries in the country. travel. Every county of Michigan represented with vitals.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 37 cal collection for Maryland. Lansing. and genealogies. Michigan. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. Go to the “Library Collections” webpage at: www. Go to the “Guide to Conducting Genealogical Research in the Maryland Department” webpage at: www.masshist. Michigan.umich. Maryland. Most records are unique.S.org/Departments/special. htm New England Historic Genealogical Society Library.html.S. The best overall genealogical collection for New England families. Its collection of New England source materials is larger than several better known New England repositories.htm Haverhill Public Library. Lansing.haverhillpl. html Enoch Pratt Free Library. Michigan.detroit.michigan. But newspapers are just one of twenty historical categories in which this library’s collection ranks in the top three of all libraries in the U. Maryland Department.ma. This library is best known for its outstanding newspaper collection.org/ genealogy.000 bound volumes of newspapers from 1704 to 1820. Detroit Public Library. Massachusetts. original town records. Worcester. New England city directories. Boston. books. For the U.280 lineal feet (one mile) of manuscripts. Family Bibles. Go to the “Bentley Historical Library—Genealogy” webpage at: www.us/burton/burton_index. Go to the “History. Bentley Historical Library. genealogies.00. Massachusetts.mdhs.htm . Massachusetts. Detroit. Use this same site to access the State Archives of Michigan. newspapers.gov/hal/0.epfl. The library’s catalog is online.bpl.
org/ branches/hq/sc/sc-genpg.mnhs. logging. but this is an outstanding regional library for the Deep South. A very good genealogy collection for Missouri. biographies.org/ content/Libraryandresearch/OlderCollections.htm tions” Department webpage at: http://library. and genealogies. Missouri.org/guides/ localhistory/index. Archives and Library Division. Jackson. Missouri. Visit the “Family History” webpage at: www.htm . To find them you must be specific to a place or surname in a catalog search. Minnesota. Jefferson City. Mississippi. and guides to using the collections is at the “Research Room” webpage at: www.mohistory. Use the online catalog at: http://mnpals. Library and Archives. Louis County Library. histories.olemiss. Good genealogy library. Louis.lib. maps. Search by subject or name in the online catalog at: www. plus many other records relating to people who came through Missouri via Illinois. An excellent collection of early Missouri records. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. Go to the “Special Collec- St.kclibrary. University of Missouri-Columbia. lib. manuscripts. Special Collections.edu/rare/ Missouri Missouri State Archives. Great genealogy collection. Minnesota. Visit the “Local History & Genealogy” webpage at: www. and it is now an important genealogical research library.edu/F?func=file&file_name=basic Southern Minnesota Historical Center. Go to the “Collections” webpage for a review of materials available: www. online databases. with many Mississippi references. But the catalog webpage also has direct links to “Additional Research Tools” such as online biography.html Missouri Historical Society. University. All Missouri counties represented with microfilm of original county records. but the university website provides only an address for it. Good genealogy collection. This facility is “userfriendly” to genealogists.us/evans/collections/genealogical. Mississippi. state.umsystem. msstate. Special Collections. Like another state archives for Minnesota. Go to http://zed. Cloud. Mississippi.asp Central Minnesota Historical Center Library. html Evans Memorial Library.mo. Special Collections. original state censuses. St. All Mississippi counties represented with original records. Missouri. umn. Mississippi.tombigbee. Minnesota. St.mnsu. Special Collections. located at Ellis Library. An excellent collection of Mississippi records. Kansas City.lib. oral history.us/F?func=find-b-0 State Historical Society of Missouri Library.gov/archives/resources/resources.edu/content/templates/?a=118&z=37 University of Mississippi Library. Columbia.cfm?article=read&article ID=162 Mitchell Memorial Library. St. Visit the “The Local History Guide—Genealogy” webpage at: www.edu/lib/archives/archives.edu/shs/Genealogyguides. Missouri.ms. sos.38 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society.stcloud state. Mississippi State. St. aspx Mississippi Mississippi State Department of Archives and History. biographies.mdah. Aberdeen. Go to the “Missouri Genealogical & Historical Research Guides” webpage at: www. Go to the “University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center” webpage at: www. Mankato.edu/depts/general_library/ Andersen Library. and newspapers. court cases.ms. A recent partnership with the National Genealogical Society added over 20. University of Minnesota. A great list of resources. and cemetery indexes.org/ genealogy/index. Louis. Books. Minnesota. Minneapolis. St.000 volumes to this library.slcl.html Kansas City Public Library. Cloud State University. The library’s website does not mention items outside of Monroe County and Aberdeen. Missouri Valley Room. Mississippi State University. Minnesota State University— Mankato. Missouri. Go to the “Special Collections & Rare Books” webpage at: http://special. Paul.
Grand Island.mt. A good genealogy collection. Carson City. Reno. University of California.us/ Nevada Nevada State Library and Archives.org/lib-arch/services/ refrence/la_pubs/guide1. Go to the “Discover Nevada History” webpage at: http:// dmla. A description of the Special Collections section is at: www. Special Collections. etc. Department of Reference Services. newspapers. asp North Platte Public Library.org/aboutus/locations/gen. the Bancroft Collection is outstanding for early settlers. Nebraska. and state prison files. Nebraska. You will need to use the online catalog to find titles. early trails.htm University of Montana Library. Latvians. The best collection of genealogical materials in the state. Go to the “Selected Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www. Berkeley. A good genealogy collection.clan. Montana. but access to the manuscripts must be done through the library’s online catalog. Go to the “Collections” webpage at: www. A brief descrip- Bancroft Library.lib. Special Collections. and names. including every-name indexes to Nevada’s federal censuses. Montana.his. Nevada. Independence.montana.htm Nevada Historical Society. lib. Visit their webpage at: http://dmla. miners. Like a second state archives.edu/ instruct/guides/genealogy. 20th-century Russians. George Armstrong Custer.north-platte. Original county records. names.lib. and more.us/docs/MUSEUMS/reno/msscoll. Reno. Many manuscripts and histories not in Nebraska State Historical Society.unr. and a great genealogy collection.nv.omaha publiclibrary.nebraskahistory. Montana. and more. and links to biographical indexes and marriage indexes. Lincoln. Access to catalog through Home Page: www.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 39 Mid-Continent Public Library.us/genlh/ tion of the Special Collections is at: www. Search the online catalog at: http://catalog. North Platte. military history. Missoula.state. Special Collections.berkeley. This library has a complete set of all microfilmed federal censuses. Nevada. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.ne.edu/specoll/geninfo.htm Gretchell Library. subjects. University of Nebraska.edu/ libr/libs/spec Omaha Public Library.lib. Through the Department of Cultural Affairs.mo. Lincoln. Missouri. North Independence Branch. Nebraska.html Love Memorial Library. With 60 million historic manuscripts.mcpl.gi. Go to “A Guide to Genealogical Research at the Nebraska State Historical Society” at: www.library. newspapers.us/ Edith Abbott Memorial Library. Genealogy Department. histories. Museum-Research Library. folklore. stagecoaches. Nebraska.html Montana Montana Historical Society Library and Archives.nv. oral histories. and plains materials. Omaha. all soundex and printed census indexes. Visit the webpage for “Collections” and “Digital Collections” at: http://bancroft.us/docs/nsla/archives/history/ ordinary_people. Nebraska. Yellowstone Park.ci. range cattle industry. Search the online catalog for subjects. Go to the “Genealogy and Local History Resources” webpage at: www. 1790–1930. the Archives is providing online indexes. Nevada.cgi? DB=local&PAGE=First Montana State University Library. but a keyword search is useful: http:// catalog. University of Nevada—Reno. California.lib.edu/collections .us/research/library/collections. A good genealogy collection. 1860–1920. and more. Bozeman. This library has substantial historical material about Nevada and other western states.unl. A good genealogy collection.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.lib. A good genealogy collection for early Montana people. An excellent collection of Montana history.umt. Helena. Part of the state of Nevada’s Department of Cultural Affairs. A good genealogy collection. ne.html Nebraska Nebraska State Historical Society Library.clan. Special Collections. plus special collections on Czechoslovakians.
New Jersey. colonial Spanish and Mexican papers. Newark.html Harvey S. New Hampshire. Albuquerque. and more. New Mexico. Visit the “Genealogy & Local History Collection” webpage at: www. Special Collections and Archives.edu/rbsc/ department/ New Hampshire State Library. Go to the “Genealogical Resources” webpage at: www.org Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Library System. family folders.gov/ archives/genealogy. History Library. New Jersey biographies.njstatelib. broadsides. Original colonial. provincial deeds.nj. heavy on Spanish. Large manuscript collection.gov/ nhsl/history/index. manuscripts. Trenton. and county records. Best collection of original county records from colonial period to today. and specialized indexes to records. histories.htm New England Historic Genealogical Society Library.nh. Original town and state records. and Western Americana Collections.org/libraries. Princeton.sos.org/Collections_and_Services/ Genealogy/index. and more. Bibles. New Mexico. Genealogical resources are in the rare books.us/archives/ancestors. and early Anglo records.nmcpr. Albuquerque. state. plus histories. census. State Records Center and Archives). ge- . The best overall genealogical collection for New England families.us/state/ darm/links/webcat/county. Concord. New Jersey. University of New Mexico. The collection is as large as the State Archives.gov/library/specol.nhhistory. biographies. museumofnewmexico. early Mexican. Clearly the best genealogy collection in the state. Santa Fe.html Museum of New Mexico.unm. Rutgers University. Go to the “Genealogists’ Guide” webpage at: www. Visit the “County Government Records” webpage at: www. Go to the “Department and Collections” webpage at: www. and original materials.state.cabq. Cultural Center.nh. Massachusetts. Princeton University.html Alexander Library. New Jersey. censuses. New Mexico. church records. and town records. Virtually every published history and genealogy for New Hampshire.rutgers. Boston.newenglandancestors. photo archives. New Mexico.nm. historic maps. New Hampshire. Special Collections Library. Go to the “Special Collections Library” webpage: www.html New Jersey State Library.edu/ rul/libs/scua/genealogy/genealogy. militia. newspapers. Trenton.state. genealogies. rare books. A good collection of genealogical materials.libraries. Go to their webpage at: http:// elibrary.html New York New York State Archives. genealogies. censuses. and vital records. Native Indians. Go to: www. state. county. Town and county histories. New Jersey. Santa Fe. New York. New Brunswick. 1640–1770. Special Collections. New Hampshire. Go to the “Tracing Your Ancestors: Genealogy” webpage at: www. This facility has nearly as much genealogical and biographical material as the State Library.edu/cswr/ New Jersey Historical Society Library. The largest genealogical collection in the state. maps.html New Mexico New Mexico State Archives (Archives and Historical Services Division.princeton. New Jersey. Many are unpublished genealogies of New England families.org/library. Original territorial. Visit their Home Page at: www. maps.html New Jersey New Jersey State Archives. Go to the “History and Genealogy Section” webpage at: www. Albany. Manuscript collection is huge. Go to the “Tuck Library” webpage at: www. Firestone Library.php The Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections.org/genealogy. Concord.shtml New Hampshire State Archives.jerseyhistory. Concord. Manuscripts. Unpublished manuscripts.40 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE New Hampshire Tuck Library. New Hampshire Historical Society. Visit the “Researching Your Family at the New Hampshire State Archives” webpage at: www. books. newspapers.
this facility has indexes to original records from the early 1600s.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 41 nealogies. a collection so large the Archives has not been able to catalog it all.albanycounty. Many original census records were transferred to this facility from the National Archives. Albany.nc.htm New York Public Library. A great collection of published genealogical resources. They estimate over 10. Operated by the Albany County Clerk’s office and the City of Albany. The best collection of State Library of North Carolina.nypl. plus it has newspapers. A very large family folder collection and an extensive genealogical collection. North Carolina. town and village records. Go to the “Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection” webpage at: www.state. Go to the “Genealogical Research in North Carolina” webpage at: http://statelibrary.dcr. New York. and much more for both colonial and federal eras. Duke University. Revolutionary War soldiers’ papers.nysl. North Carolina. Chapel Hill. Fonda. North Carolina. Local history and Seneca Indians databases are here as well. University of North Carolina. Bible records. Many of the original land records are in this facility.html Reed Library. Irish in America. Very large collection of unpublished manuscript genealogies.cnyhistory.amsterdam-ny. the records in this facility are unique.html Perkins Library. Raleigh. Visit the “Archives & Special Collections” webpage to access these collections at: http://ww3. with biographies.edu/ncc/genealogy.unc.newyorkfamilyhistory. Visit the “Research Center Holdings” webpage at: www. Go to the “NYG&B Library” webpage at: www. Featuring tax records. Go to the “Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library” webpage at: www. periodicals.edu/library/ArchivesSpecial Collections/tabid/85/Default. Archives & Special Collections. Wilson Library.fredonia. and genealogies for North Carolina. New York. New York. North Carolina.org/luceweb/ Albany County Hall of Records. rare books. Albany.org/research/chss/lhg/research. histories.org/research_center. Cultural Center. html New York State Library. Old Courthouse. As an early New York county which covered much of upstate New York.gov/a/ researchroom/rr_family.lib. also has extensive newspaper collections. Access the online catalog at: http:// luceweb.dcr.ah. New York.htm North Carolina Collection. and much more.lib. New York.. Visit their website at: www. In the same building as the State Archives.state. us/archives/records. and many manuscripts.duke.shtml family folders on the East Coast.aspx New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Library.S. this facility has an outstanding collection of books. and genealogies. Raleigh.htm . New York.nysed. Visit the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. manuscripts.com/mcha/ Onondaga Historical Association Research Center.com/achor/ Montgomery County Department of History & Archives Library. Fredonia. Original manuscripts of county court records from all counties.nysed.org/modules. including references to families moving into old Albany County during the colonial period (Albany County once included all of upper New York and all of Vermont). New York.archives. php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=10 North Carolina North Carolina State Archives. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. State University of New York.nc. journals. Go to the “Types of Records Available at the North Carolina State Archives” webpage at: www.htm New-York Historical Society Library.nyhistory. Genealogy and local history collection is one of the best in the U.us/iss/ gr/genealog. Perhaps the largest historical manuscript collection in the South.edu/reference/subjects/ genealogy/guide. North Carolina history.gov/gengen. county records. For western New York and a large part of northwestern Pennsylvania. and more. and much more. New York. New York.000 folders. biographies. New York. and sundry colonial records. the Holland Land Company granted patents of land to individuals from 1789– 1835. Go to the “Family Records in the New York State Archives” webpage at: www. New York. Durham. Visit their website for detailed information about the resources available: www. Syracuse.
the historical collection here is centered around North and South Dakota as well as western Minnesota. local history. See the entire list of resources at their “Genealogy” webpage: www. Bible records.sdhistory. visit the “Main Library—History and Genealogy” webpage at: www. Ohio.htm Ohio Genealogical Society Library. Salisbury.co. Oral histories.edu/Collections/Famhist/home.htm Ohio Ohio Historical Society. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. and several databases online. slavery. including church records. Columbus. go to the “For Genealogists” webpage at: www. Visit the “Genealogical Records Available” webpage at: www. Bismarck. North Dakota. A very large genealogy collection.ohiohistory. with original records of Ohio River boat traffic from Pittsburgh to the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville). Ohio University. Collection includes many original manuscripts. abolitionism.lib. Go to the “Genealogy Services” webpage at: http:// winslo. Norwegians.edu/subjects/genealogy/ index.nd. homesteads. html Western Reserve Historical Society Library. and newspapers. State Archives and Historical Research Library.us/ HistoryRoom/html/genealogical_records.wrhs. Fargo. Athens. North Dakota State University. Good genealogy collection.us/hist/sal/gen. including histories.htm Alden Library. Newspaper Vital Records Index.library. Civil War. and early Ohio records. North Dakota. Review the resources at the “Biography & Genealogy Collections” webpage: www.ohiou. State Archives. and Shakers. Mansfield. Grand Forks. Anyone with Ohio ancestors needs to join this society. Ohio.library. Located in the Red River Valley (first settled by French trappers in the 1670s). and vital records. Pierre. Cincinnati. business records.42 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Rowan Public Library.nc.org/arc/ arcgen.lib. land records. Ohio. Pioneer files. censuses. county histories. Genealogy Department. The Western Reserve was a region of Ohio settled by refugees of the Revolutionary War from the State of Connecticut. Archives and Special Collections. The collection excels in American Revolution.html Chester Fritz Library.us/services/genealogy/index. Cleveland history. Rowan County was the crossroads of North Carolina during the colonial period and comprised a large central area of the present state.org/library/template. perhaps more for North Dakota counties of old Dakota Territory than can be found in North Dakota. OGS is the largest state genealogical society in America. Columbus.oh. with chapters representing all Ohio . diaries.und. For a good description of the genealogical resources available.rowan. Focus on French-Canadians. including the Inland Waterways Library. and other genealogical sources at the State Archives. genealogies.edu/ndirs/bio&genealogy/index. Ohio. This is also a library with a unique national index to millions of American households. all in the South Dakota Archives.state. and much more. ndsu. biographies. Materials accessible through their online catalog. regional land records. and genealogies. journals. death index.cincinnati library. The Local History and Genealogy Department has many manuscripts. Focus on southeastern Ohio counties. Archives/Library. An excellent manuscript collection.org/resource/ archlib/ North Dakota North Dakota Heritage Center. and more. Ohio. homesteads.html State Library of Ohio. black and ethnic. naturalizations. For access to the Naturalization Records Index. Newspaper Database. including traffic on rivers flowing into the Ohio. farming.state. University of North Dakota.asp Institute for Regional Studies. Original records for old Dakota Territory. Go to the “Family History and Genealogy Room” webpage at: www.htm Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. newspapers. biographies. Library Square. and biographies. Ohio. Cleveland.nodak. biographies. South Dakota.org/main/hi. family folders. biographies. North Dakota. See the “Genealogical Resources” links at their website: www. asp?id=148 South Dakota State Historical Society. Go to the “Genealogy Research Guide” webpage at: www. North Carolina.
and the online Oregon Historical Records Index is accessible at their website. and a statewide index to all Oklahoma Territory Tract Books (public land buyers).oh.state. Descriptions of the various collections and direct links to each section can be found at the “Researching Oklahoma History” webpage at: www. but the Oregon History Project is an online resource tool that leads to various records available.org/ref/gene. This office is the official repository of records of public land sales in Ohio. and more. with many records relating to the Five Civilized Tribes (and Delawares) removed to Indian Territory. The catalog is online. Oregon. Oklahoma City. Columbus. A project to index these records is well under way.lawton. You must use the online catalog to find a particular title. go to the “Genealogy Records” webpage: http:// arcweb. Ohio.or.cityof. Many original diaries and journals from Oregon Trail families. including an outstanding biographical card index to early Oregon people mentioned in books. with the largest book collection of Oklahoma genealogies.asp?id=23 Knight Library.ohs.holdenvillepl. Go to the “Publications” webpage at: www. Oregon. Volunteers from the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society provide help to researchers. giving in-person and/or remote access to the catalog and other Internet services. Indian. An outstanding genealogical collection. plus remote access to the HeritageQuest Online databases. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. probate records. ranching. This new facility (April 2006) is really two state archives: one for Native Americans and one for the early Anglo settlers of Oklahoma. censuses. and newspaper articles. or subject. Portland. Excellent photograph collection of early Oregon people. is via a library card only. biographies. Lawton.org/ education/oregonhistory/index. county records.gov/ OSL/Genealogy. Go to the “Genealogy Research” webpage for more information: http://oregon.multcolib. military. For a good review of the types of guides available and access to the online databases. the place where land sales in America first began. Norman.ou. genealogies.htm Oregon Historical Society Library. A great genealogy collection. vital records. family folders.org/res/ResDiv.uoregon.edu/ guides/genealogy/ Grace M.edu/info/index. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Manuscripts.ok. All Oregon counties represented with original naturalizations. and indexes to records. maps. Oklahoma. Salem. histories. and more. territorial and state censuses. A great Native-American records collection.shtml Bizzell Memorial Library. Indian-Pioneer History Collection.htm Oklahoma Oklahoma History Center (Research Division. cattle trails. Membership allows library access to a large collection of family folders. Oklahoma. Portland. Civil War. oil production. however. Oregon.auditor. mining. Eugene. military records. including Land Donation Claims for early Oregon Territory pioneers. state. Pickens Public Library. Visit their Home Page at: www. Go to the “Oregon History Project” webpage at: www. Oklahoma Historical Society). Spanish. plus periodicals. Special Collections.org/ Ohio State Auditor’s Office. name.us/banners/genealogy. County and state records.okpls.okhistory. Oklahoma.sos. org/ Oregon Oregon State Archives. OGS also has a website which allows members to access several online databases. Two excellent books related to Ohio history and land development are Along the Ohio Trail and The Official Ohio Lands Book. Holdenville. Go to the “John and Mary Nichols Collection” webpage at: http://libraries. manuscripts. Salem.cfm Oregon State Library. both available at this website as downloadable PDF files.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 43 counties.us/Publications/ Access to the records.html Lawton Public Library. biographies. and vital records.html . biographies. family folders. local newspapers from 1901. Oregon. University of Oklahoma.us/library/genealogy. A review and history of the library is at: www. Oklahoma.ogs. University of Oregon. Enough manuscript and printed materials to qualify as Oregon’s state archives. Original historical manuscripts. Oregon. Multnomah County Library. newspapers. This is the starting place for Oklahoma research. but start at a special webpage for helping genealogists located at: http://libweb.
The Pennsylvania State Archives’ holdings are named and listed in 79 record groups. They try to send you to other places. New Jersey. the materials relate not only to Germans. Go to the “Research Guides” webpage at: http://library.usgenweb. but Welsh Quakers and Scotch-Irish immigrants. like the Family History Library.state.statelibrary. Philadelphia. because there is virtually no help for a genealogist. If the genealogical query is limited to “do you have this or that thing?” they may answer you for free. . The original records of the published Pennsylvania Archives series are here. For a review of its holdings go to the “Collections” webpage at: www. Pennsylvania. fully indexed. Library Archives Department.htm Southern Oregon Historical Society. or suggest that genealogists hire an independent researcher.org/library. Largest genealogical library in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library. There is no online catalog. A huge genealogical collection.aspx ?id=122 State Library of Pennsylvania. A website for the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board (www. pa. covering western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.us/rihrab/ Statelocal. Bible records. For a look at the resources. including a card file for every Pennsylvania soldier of the Civil War. A very good genealogical library. Pittsburgh. Historical and genealogical coverage is excellent for the colonial period.pa.gfo. Pennsylvania. RootsWeb. go to the “Library and Archives” webpage at: www. Oregon.00 a day for non-members). and church records.german townhistory.org/ressvcs.pa.state.us/libraries/taxonomy/ taxonomy. Check out the “Ready Reference” service described at their “Research Services” webpage.htm Newport Historical Society Library. Oregon. and any research here.asp Rhode Island Rhode Island State Archives.htm In addition. pghhistory. Germans. Pennsylvania. Rhode Island. Pennsylvania. The State Archives does have a website. using the word “genealogy” at this facility is frowned upon.state.phmc. Go to the “Family History & Genealogy” webpage at: www. probably the worst state archives website (for genealogists) of all 50 states.html Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Archives. Rhode Island.org/default. Rhode Island.asp?NavID=43 For the colonial period. something you will not find at the State Archives website. A Rhode Island USGenWeb site is also useful for understanding what records are available: www.digitalarchives.hsp. Harrisburg. an ambitious project to scan images and index original records is well under way. and Delaware. Click on “Genealogy/ Local History. For a review of the resources here. Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.com/ri Rhode Island Historical Society Library.rihs. each with a link to an explanatory page.” Germantown Historical Society. The new digital archives is called ARIAS (Archives Records Information Access System).44 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library. Library and Archives.org/Page. Although this may be Rhode Island’s largest collection of genealogical materials. Portland.org/library. A great genealogy/local history section. Original records of early Quakers. Earliest Rhode Island records for all towns and counties for colonial and federal eras. including histories.html#state) at least has an overview of the types of records a genealogist may find at the State Archives. Genealogy and Local History Collection.ri. Go to the “Research Library” webpage: www. Medford.state. Visit the ARIAS webpage at: www.org/Research_Guides. An excellent place to locate the early settlers of Pennsylvania. Newport. go to the “Library” webpage at: www. Philadelphia. Go to the “Record Groups” webpage at: www. and other colonial settlers in Penn’s colonies. Scotch-Irish. Providence. The first set of records are mostly military name lists.asp?DLN=1246. Virtually every Palatine German immigrant to Pennsylvania can be identified in this collection. this is the best place to find a reference to your ancestors. For early pioneers in southern Oregon. or the National Archives. But there is some hope. Harrisburg. essentially. Providence. must be done in person ($5.us/ Library and Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Go to: www. Pennsylvania.us/bah/dam/rg/index.sohs.
atlases. early newspapers. including histories. business. church records. county school archives. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www.rootsweb.com/~scscgs/home frame.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 45 southern part of the state. Manuscripts. Columbia. For access to the Naturalization Records Index.net/Heritage%20Room. and the repository for the American Family Records Association files. Charleston Library Society. government documents. University of South Carolina. Germans from Russia. church. genealogy. Original Rhode Island town records. Charleston. library. University of South Dakota.sdln.html#gene Sumter County Genealogical Society Library. A membership library with a good collection of genealogical materials.edu/library/special/ collections. South Carolina.state.htm#Biography%20 and%20Genealogy website at: www. Click on “Explore our Collections” for a review of the archives.htm Weeks Library. A description of the library’s resources from the “About the CLS” webpage states: “The Library’s resources include original Charleston and South Carolina Newspapers. and genealogies. Aberdeen. South Dakota. go to the “For Genealogists” webpage at: www. as well as a substantial general collection of fiction. Massachusetts. Kingston. genealogies.us/scdah/ newgenealre. early newspapers. Charleston.americanantiquarian. gazetteers. Vermillion. Columbia. maps. visit the Home Page for more information at: www. the South Carolina State Archives has one of the best. go to the “Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www. An outstanding collection for South Carolina and the South. South Dakota.cfm South Caroliniana Library. Check out their Alexander Mitchell Public Library. For an excellent review of the types of records where you will most likely find evidence of a South Carolina ancestor. town histories. biographies. original county records. journals.sciway. Indians. If the Rhode Island State Archives has one of the worst websites (for genealogists).schistory. This is a premier genealogical collection for all of South Carolina. and other genealogical sources at the State Archives. and the best historical manuscript collection for the entire state. histories. Go to the “Biography and Genealogy” webpage at: http:// newporthistorical.uri. Colonial immigrant records.org/genealogy. South Dakota. Colonial records. South Carolina.edu/library/special_collections/ American Antiquarian Society Library. and more. Review the collections of value to genealogists at their “Special Collections” webpage: www. The Janie Revill Collection covering the colonial and federal eras of South Carolina is outstanding and well indexed. A good collection of South Dakota history.” (Never trust a librarian who can’t spell “genealogical” correctly.htm University of Rhode Island Library. South Carolina. Newspaper Database. State Archives.htm South Dakota South Dakota State Historical Society.html South Carolina South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Go to the society’s Home Page at www.) In any case.net/lib/cls_home. and more. and more.org/.sdhistory.org/arc/arcgen. including genealogies. Pierre. Review the many manuscript collections available at the “Manuscripts Division” webpage at: www. biographies. with a good genealogy collection relating to early Rhode Island people.edu/ library/socar/mnscrpts/index2. There are numerous published guides and finding aids. homesteads. farming. non-fiction. References to virtually all of the earliest South Carolina families can be found here. South Carolina. and more. Manuscripts.htm . and children’s books. Visit the “Heritage Room” webpage: http://ampl. Worcester.sc. go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. biographies. Original records for old Dakota Territory and modern South Dakota. and digital archives resources.usd. histories. vital records.org/library.sc. ethnic. diaries. Newspaper Vital Records Index. Rhode Island. South Carolina. a considerable amount of local and state geneological materials. Sumter. For a description of the genealogical materials. books.htm South Carolina Historical Society Library.
Texas. including Texas vital records.edu/spcoll/searchms/ searchms.org/library/resources. A 19-page Guide to Research: Genealogy Section. Tennessee. The Genealogy Section of this library is one of the best in the country. Library card holders have remote access to ProQuest and HeritageQuest Online. Knoxville. Go to the “Searching Aids” webpage at: www.utexas. original county records. For an overview of the collection and a link to the Guide. McClung Historical Collection. Dallas. University of Texas.hpl. Tennessee. the “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage is well done and answers most questions anyone would have about this great library. newspapers.tsl. html . Tennessee.lib.html#faq1 Tennessee Tennessee State Library and Archives. including public records. Historical collection nearly as large as the state library/archives.sdln. including New England.net/reference. Includes the Natchez Trace Collection of Mississippi. Texas. This historical collection for the Old Southwest includes an index to East Tennessee families. Chattanooga. Go the Clayton Library Home Page and “Explore” the main research collections: www. Center for Genealogical Research (branch of Houston Public Library). go to the Genealogy Section’s Home Page at: http://dallaslibrary. North Carolina. church records. Louisiana.lib. A good genealogical reference library. Great genealogical collection. Austin. biographies. A very good genealogy collection. Research and Collections Division.lib. federal records.us/arc/genfirst. One of America’s best places to do genealogical research—a beautiful modern facility just for genealogists. all counties represented with original records. genealogies. ethnic.tx. and Texas pioneers. An outstanding genealogical collection.htm Texas Texas State Library and Archives.php Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library. To an outsider it depends on which collection gives you the most information about your ancestors.state.tx. You can access the “Clayton FAQs” webpage directly at: www.hpl. Nashville. and more. “A Brief Guide to Genealogical Materials in the Local History and Genealogy Department.46 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Watertown Regional Library.htm Tennessee Genealogical Society Library.lib.” at: www. Mid-Atlantic. The largest family folder file collection in the Upper South. private collections.edu/searchingaids. Also.cah. and more.tx. South Dakota. Go to the “Genealogy Resources Available at Our Library” webpage at: www. The genealogy/local history collection is outstanding. Tennessee. Watertown. There is a rivalry between the Clayton Library and the Dallas Public Library over which is the largest genealogy library in Texas. Go to the “Guide to the Manuscripts Collections” webpage at: www. and South Carolina families.utk. maps. Austin. This is an outstanding collection of historical reference material.tngs. Knoxville.html Clayton Library. Houston. and an outstanding collection. biographies.org/CHS/ cgc. Original manuscripts for Spanish Texas.html Dallas Public Library.html University of Tennessee Library. county histories. books.gov/tsla/history/ index. and the South. Go to the “Research Resources” webpage at: www. Mexican Texas. Memphis.tennessee. river traffic.us/clayton/clayton_ faqs. Calvin M.chattanooga. heavy on early Tennessee. and records of Tennessee’s Confederate soldiers. genealogies. and the State of Texas. Manuscripts. Visit the webpage. Dallas Public Library is available as a PDF download. Texas. Native Americans (especially Cherokees). and more. For links to resource categories go to the “History and Genealogy” webpage at: www. Texas. with records for more than Texas.org/library/mcclung/index.us/clayton/. Special Collections. Republic of Texas. Go to the “Reference Links” webpage at: http://watweb. Links to “Materials in the Collection” and “Electronic Resources” can be accessed from the McClung webpage at: http:// knoxcounty.htm Knox Public Library. biographies. gov/localHist/guide. Barker Texas History Collection. Newspapers.htm Eugene C. Genealogy Section. Tennessee.
then linking the indexed books to the FHL catalog entries in Salt Lake City.lib.html Utah Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. letters. Recreation and Convention Facilities” webpage at: www. and Scandinavian countries. diaries. In fact. San Antonio.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 47 Texas General Land Office. With over two million rolls of microfilm. Germany.org/ Harrison County Historical Museum. Utah. To review the location and types of records available.htm Pioneer Memorial Museum. Republic of Texas. Utah.edu/research Resources/ Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library.txgenes. Go to the “History Department” webpage at: www. A great manuscript collection similar to UT-Austin.uta. Arlington. An outstanding collection of family folders.com/library. Visit the “Special Collections” webpage at: http://library. Missouri.com/TXHarrison/Index.utah. Links to “Genealogy Links” and “History Links” are at the Main Page: www. Salt Lake City. Pioneer records include mining. History of Texas Public Lands. with materials relating to all states and countries. Texas. Use the Harrison County TXGenWeb site for more information. The home of the Southeast Texas Genealogical Society and a special collection of historical materials relating to early migrations into Texas via Tennessee. plus an excellent array of materials from Canada.org/ . The best collection in which the western “Mountain Men” can be identified and traced (Archives of Society of American Range). Marshall.html Tyrrell Historical Library. go to the “Research. Texas was a Confederate center during the Civil War. counties. Contact information and a description of the genealogical collection are under the City of Beaumont’s “Libraries.htm Utah State Historical Society. journals. Go to: www. Copying.byu. and Other Services” webpage at: www. Ireland. edu/fslab/ Click on any of the following: Genealogy Name Searches Researching Texas Land Grants History of Texas Public Lands Copy Services Translation of Spanish Documents Certification Copies of Maps Abstract of Original Land Titles University of Texas at Arlington Library. To review the collection and online databases go to BYU’s “Family History/Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www. Hughes Research Center Library. Utah State University. Mormons.familysearch.state. Salt Lake City.us/archives/service. Texas. This facility has many of the records the Utah pioneers brought with them: Bibles. Beaumont. well indexed. Scotland. Austin. Provo. the BYU Genealogy Department is preparing online indexes. and many records not found anywhere else relating to Utah. England. The largest genealogical library in the world. Brigham Young University. photographs. Logan. This library may have the key to locating many early Texas. early settlements.gov/utah_history_research_ center/index. Kentucky. A very fine “Utah History Research Center” webpage tells everything you’ll need to know about the collection. edu/Specol/index. Salt Lake City. To see what records and services are available. this is a good collection of genealogical reference material. and surname lists. Texas. Utah. Largest Family History Center outside Salt Lake City. Go to http://history. Marshall. Archives and Records Division.drtl. Wales. Texas.S.cityofbeaumont. letters. and State of Texas. family journals.tx. and Louisiana families. colonization. diaries. Texas. Specializing in the colonial Mexican-Texas era and resources from the Republic of Texas. go to the “Research Resources” webpage at: http://library.glo. but not known as well because of the dominance of the Salt Lake library.org Lee Library. and genealogical references to virtually every pioneer who came to Utah Territory before 1869. Arkansas. Mexico. This is an excellent genealogical research library.html Merrill-Cazier Library. Arkansas. Utah. Utah.dupinternational. All Texas land grants from the Spanish era. International Society—Daughters of Utah Pioneers. the collection contains information from county courthouses for virtually all U. and Louisiana. Website: www.usu.
Go to the “Genealogical Research” . Burlington. Richmond. vital records. family Bibles. Albany. Massachusetts. Montpelier.vermont history. West Virginia.benningtonmuseum. Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.lib.us/whatwehave/gene/ index. Go to the “Family & Local History” webpage at: www. including colonial. and the Washington State Digital Archives.aspx Washington Office of the Secretary of State. alone there are over 18.htm Bennington Museum Library. Olympia. and military records. go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Visit the “Welcome to The Bennington Museum Library” webpage at: www. New York. death records.uvm.lva. Bennington Museum.lib. This library is best known for its outstanding newspaper collection. and state records. militia lists.org/research/genealogy. Each facility has good online descriptions of the resources they hold. An outstanding research center for locating early Vermont people. newspapers. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Vermont. Bennington.secstate. Operated by the Albany County Clerk’s office and the City of Albany. Winchester. Visit their website for detailed information about the resources available: www. From Philadelphia to Roanoke. direct links to the Washington State Archives.aspx Virginia Historical Society Library. A large genealogical collection.vahistorical.americanantiquarian. Virginia. tax lists. A very large genealogical collection. histories. territorial-state-federal censuses.htm webpage at: www.org/ genealogy. University of Vermont. Manuscripts. Vermont.edu/specialcollections/ Alderman Library. private.va. including Virginia.wa. colonial America’s most heavily traveled migration route. For the U. bounty lands. histories. documents.S.virginia.org/generes.albanycounty.htm Bailey-Howe Memorial Library.edu/special/default. and Vermont records.va. including references to families moving into old Albany County during the colonial period (Albany County once included all of upper New York and all of Vermont). This library has an excellent historical collection relating to the region and a good genealogy reference library. representing the single largest collection of extant American newspapers for that period. and more. and original manuscripts. Virginia. Charlottesville.000 bound volumes of newspapers from 1704 to 1820. This facility has 900 index drawers indexing 10 million documents relating to the Old Dominion. Worcester. Virginia. New York. Virginia. Vermont. birth records.asp?p=76 Carrier Library. Vermont local histories. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. naturalizations. biographies. Original county records. newspapers.gov/. Go to the “Search the Digital Archives” Virginia The Library of Virginia.48 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Vermont Vermont Historical Society Library. this is a good source for locating a migrating German or Scotch-Irish family.html Albany County Hall of Records. edu/primary. poll lists. including family Bible records. A very large collection relating to the people who traveled the Great Valley Road of Virginia. For a description of the genealogical materials.htm Handley Regional Library. Go to the “Genealogical Research in Vermont” webpage at: www. Civil War.lib. and Kentucky. Virginia.org/library. At the Digital Archives site is the Historic Records Search. and newspapers. federal. University of Virginia. Virginia State Library and Archives.hrl. Harrisonburg. genealogies.state. an online index to many millions of names from original marriages. James Madison University.jmu. Washington State Library. Go to the “Primary Source Collections” webpage at: www. Washington.lib. The library’s catalog is online. There are numerous references to Vermont. Go to www. Special Collections. Go to the “Special Collections at the Bailey-Howe Library” webpage at: http://bailey. Many scanned manuscripts of this library are now available online. biographies.com/achor/ American Antiquarian Society Library. Early Connecticut. Richmond. and more. oral histories.us/handley/ services. this facility has indexes to original records from the early 1600s.
Cheyenne.edu/ Libraries/special/ Wyoming Wyoming State Archives Museum and Historical Department. farmers. Milwaukee.html Golda Meir Library. Go to the “Reference Research and Historical Photos” webpage at: http://wyoarchives.html The Library of Virginia.org/genealogy/ Washington State Historical Society. Research Library.htm. tax records.org/ genealogy/ Niobrara County Library. Visit this site for a complete description: www.lib. Wyoming. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. wisconsinhistory. Washington. University of Washington.wy. See the Virginia listing.digitalarchives. Tacoma.wvculture. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. The best manuscript collection in the state. pioneers.org/history/genealog. Washington. The library’s catalog is online at: www. Go to the “Genealogy & Special Collections” webpage at: www. government documents. Largest family folder collection in the state. Morgantown. West Virginia. Seattle.edu/specialcoll/collections/pnw/ Seattle Public Library.spl. homesteading. biographies. and a good surname collection. washington. and histories of early pioneers.org/Files/Great/ bookmark. Lusk.state. plus censuses. The library is cleverly located across the street from the regional National Archives branch on Sand Point Way. and more. Largest book collection in the state. West Virginia. West Virginia University Library. Wyoming.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 49 webpage at: www.org/wshs/research/finding_ aids. Cheyenne.niobrara countylibrary. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. and much more.us/Research. Seattle. biographies. Visit the webpage for the “Pacific Northwest Collection” at: www. cattlemen.lclsonline. The Pacific Northwest and Alaska coverage is outstanding. Visit the “Research Library” webpage at: www.com/~waseags/library. University of Wisconsin— Milwaukee. with finding aids listed online at: www. Richmond. Most of the Draper interviews were with old settlers of the Appalachian region. Laramie County Library.cfm?Category=12 Seattle Genealogical Society. and one of America’s best map collections.” a large collection of interviews. libraries. Many manuscripts. The best manuscript collection in the state.org/obituaries/ .rootsweb. Washington. West Virginia West Virginia Archives and History Division Library. Madison. West Virginia and Regional History Collection.edu/wvcollection/ Click on the “Genealogical Sources” link for a downloadable PDF file with a good description of the genealogy resources available. genealogies. At the library’s website no one would ever know that this is one of the best genealogy reference libraries on the West Coast. Research Center. A great historical collection.org/default. Wisconsin. A very good genealogy collection. land records. The area of presentday West Virginia was part of Virginia from 1607– 1863.wvu. Wyoming. Virginia. Milwaukee. Seattle.wa. For an online obituary index go to: www. Wisconsin. Genealogy Collection.gov/ default.wshs. county histories. Washington. State Library and Archives. particularly for German immigrants.uwm. Wisconsin. Cultural Center. tax records. Largest manuscript collection in the state. Charleston.aspx Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society Library. photographs. and more. asp?pageID=collection Milwaukee Public Library. Go to the “Genealogy Corner” at: www.mpl. Original manuscripts.htm Suzzallo Library. This library holds the famous “Draper Papers.
” .50 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE “The last time my wife made me lunch was back in 1995—the same year she got hooked on genealogy.
genealogy magazines. then you should probably feed the addiction by starting your own library. or libraries. courthouse. or involved with driving trips to visit long lost relatives. and surveyed local resources available across the country. Utah.lineages. and create general havoc for people left at home while the genealogist is off exploring cemeteries.com Heritage Consulting and Services. all of whom use the ProGenealogists service. and a recommended buy list of the best genealogy reference books. However. Inc. online newsletters. You’ve gone through the seven steps. Visit the APG website at: www. This is an agency for professional genealogists. You can hire one by choice. military researchers. They are essentially independent researchers who take on clients supplied by the service. They will take on any genealogical project. Salt Lake City. heir and estate researchers.. Westminster. Sandy. Research Help for the Addicted includes a list of professional research firms. Visit their website at: www. including several published authors.heritageconsulting.com/ ProGenealogists. But if spending $40–$60 an hour for professional help is not in your budget. plus full genealogical projects under contract to individuals.org/ Lineages. at this point. APG has an online membership list and several aids in selecting a professional researcher. There is no end to it. Colorado. or have your research project assigned to any of the available professionals. Then you can smugly refer everyone to your successful genealogy project as “my Internet stuff” and never leave home. This is the largest genealogical research firm in the country. A non-profit organization.. In the near future you may find yourself in a cemetery. and you can’t get to the library to find that book you need.apgen. and lineage specialists.com/ 51 . there is a warning that must be issued: genealogy can be addictive. Utah. lead to arguments over frozen dinners instead of home-cooked meals.Research Help for the Addicted OK. Salt Lake City. state. you can specify a certain county. explored the Internet look-up sites. One solution to this problem is to hire a professional genealogist to prepare your genealogy for you. translators. This firm’s success stories include family histories prepared for celebrities such as Bill Cosby and Johnny Carson. you’re almost set. Their website is located at: www.progenealogists. This hobby has been known to foster family fights. Visit their website at: www. Inc. You should have a solid genealogical project under way by now. or country of interest in your request and see a list of professionals available who specialize in that area. or library. Utah. courthouses. This is a small group of professional researchers with a good track record for finding lost ancestors. large or small. And the first time you leave your computer and head for a library you will be subjecting yourself to this addiction. With members drawn from all over the world. Professional Researchers Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Lineages provides several individual search packages. This addiction happens because the success of finding one ancestor always leads to the desire to find more ancestors.
news..00. published six times per year by F+W Publications. Databases. Visit their website at: www. (One-year subscription: $24. along with products in their marketplace. published six times per year by Ancestry. Genealogy Today.familytreemagazine. Go to the “Genealogy” site at: http:// genealogy.com/ Ancestry Magazine. (One-year subscription: $27.00. hosted by Kimberly Powell.) It covers several areas of interest to family history enthusiasts. Another does the same thing for genealogical libraries.ancestry..everton. databases.genealogyblog. Provo. It is published in Canada but the articles seem to cater to an American audience. Follows a Blog format and is updated daily.com/ b/magazine. and it is now filled with articles rather than queries. Utah.com/Parenting & Family/Genealogy. Hosted by Richard Eastman. For more information on both magazines. Memberships.familychronicle. The Home Page has links to News and Information. with several short articles related to genealogical subjects in each issue. Family Tree Magazine does a good job in identifying the resources needed to discover and preserve a family history.. One issue per year lists the names and addresses for all known genealogical societies in the U. focus on fundamentals of research that are often overlooked Technology and latest technology trends impacting family history research Internet—discover and master the myriad emerging resources available online Book View—discover new publications that can help you in your ancestral research Case Study—readers reveal their “brick walls” and how they got around them. Follows the Blog format.com. available as a print subscription magazine or available in full content online. Ontario. This is a mass-market. The Helper has been the genealogy magazine with the largest number of subscribers—chiefly a place for classified ads placed by researchers looking for other genealogists working on the same surnames.com. and online data sources. new resources.com/ Ancestry’s Weekly Newsletter and Blog.com/ Subscribe to this magazine at “The Shops@ Ancestry.ancestry.genealogytoday. Go to Ancestry’s free “Learning Center” at: www. This specialized portal provides original articles. Go to: http:// blog. articles. North York.) Family Chronicle is a well-presented and colorful magazine.com/ Everton’s Genealogical Helper. this may be the most popular online newsletter specific to genealogy.52 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogy Magazines Family Tree Magazine. family reunions. They also offer subscriptionbased databases and newsletters. Go to: www. including ethnic heritage. this site provides genealogy news and research tips.com/product. the magazine has undergone major changes. Utah. Inc. (One-year subscription: $24. instructions and advice for beginners Research Cornerstones. Inc. memoirs. This is one of the many “how-to” sites of the major Internet service About. $32 CND. and search tools along with links to the newest sites. A subscription newsletter with in-depth coverage is also available.95. book reviews. (One-year subscription: $27 US. Visit their website at: www. Logan. Inc. and historical travel.) Since 1947. a well-known Boston genealogist.) Regular columns include: Ethnic Sources Step-by-Step: Family History Made Easy. etc. More recently. Launched in April 2006. Go to: www. General genealogy topics. In the classic Blog format. and news.com/learn/ About.S.. published six times per year by Everton Publishers. oral history. scrapbooking. with discussions on the latest events in the genealogy world. this replaces Ancestry Daily News. visit their website at: www. Ltd. Moorshead has also launched a companion magazine. published six times per year by Moorshead Magazines. Internet Genealogy.com.about. and an accessible archive for thousands of subjects for past years.” http://shops. and Marketplace.eogn. beginner-friendly genealogy magazine found on the magazine racks of most supermarkets in America. Ohio. asp?productid=1561&shopid=0 GenealogyBlog. Cincinnati. .com Family Chronicle.html Online Genealogy Newsletters & Blogs Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Canada.
indispensable!” The Handybook for Genealogists. and types of records kept and dates begun. Many genealogists start to build a personal library to help identify sources.” The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. information about special repositories. by Val D. Red Book consistently ranks high on the ‘must-have’ lists of several well-known genealogy publications. after sitting down and doing a side-by-side comparison of the two books. Inc. 3rd edition. I thought about returning it. This new 3rd edition incorporates the latest thinking on . I received an offer for the purchase of the Red Book at a discount and jumped on it. Web site. actually.Research Help for the Addicted • 53 The Top 20 Reference Books for Genealogists Soon after entering the search for your ancestors. 3rd edition. once it arrived. UT: Ancestry. Excerpts from a critical review by the American Library Association: “Arranged alphabetically by state.com. history book. I have a second source to confirm the first. Inc. edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Cincinnati: Family Tree Books. in celebration of an impressive 15 years in print. marking the first revision of this seminal The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists: The Essential Guide to American County and Town Sources. UT: Everton Publishers. [Also includes] tips. With over one million copies in print. and listings for county. and if I ever question information in one. 2006). historians and professional genealogists. parent county. such as the Red Book. parish and town-hall contacts. where reduced prices may be found as well. and address book—the most comprehensive guide available for family history research. an advantage for users of The Handybook is the layout of the county lists.” Comment from a reviewer: “I purchased this book by accident. a quest for more information begins.. This latest release is the most extensive and expansive revision in years. This edition can be purchased as a printed book. maps by William Dollarhide.. where the text and maps are viewable and searchable for any word. including critical dates. edited by Alice Eichholz. The information is more current [than the Handybook]. There are updated descriptions of major record collections available in each state and addresses that help you go straight to the sources.. such as the existence of independent cities and townships whose records might not be in county-based sources. address. County & Town Sources. bibliographies of published sources. not to mention the different perspective offered. and not just to confirm info from the Handy Book. the format for the local records sources is easier on the eyes. including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Greenwood. The Handybook has been the “Bible” for family history research for decades. However. only to realize later what I had done. The top twenty genealogy reference books are as follows: work since 1992. the chapters provide the expected information: maps showing current counties. Librarians will want to add this new tool to their collections. Compared with other books. Ancestry. 2000). the research tips are quite pragmatic. They are well organized. historical overviews. I find myself reaching for this book time after time. 2005). I realized that there is some very different information between the two. This is the leading text on the subject of genealogy and the text of choice at every college-level genealogy course in the U.com is unveiling a new third edition. Now. The Handybook is an atlas. and the reasonable price makes it easy to justify the overlapping information. 11th edition (Logan. Publisher’s description: “The Red Book is the culmination of several years’ worth of research on the part of scholars. (Provo. Each listing provides the date of establishment. it covers every aspect of the subject. This book is. Arguably the finest reference ever compiled on United States research. and details are easy to find. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. where one can sometimes find a used copy for a bargain price. and the methods and tools for locating more information about their ancestors. But all of these books are available from retailers all over the country. I already had the Handy Book for Genealogists and considered the two to be too close in content to justify the expenditure. Both are quite useful. Inc. There are certain things I find easier to understand in the Red Book. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State. libraries. simply put. 2004). Most of these titles are frequently listed at eBay. All are available directly from the publisher.S. Well written and well documented. The selected list of books below represents the very best reference books currently available.. or purchased as the book plus a CD-ROM of the entire book. phone number.
Inc. ships’ passenger arrival .” The Source has the answers. (Vol. The National Archives contains a wealth of information about individuals whose names appear in census records. court records.. Thorndale and Dollarhide’s Map Guide is not only helpful for the assistance it provides. Keeping abreast of the ever-increasing amount of new materials often proves difficult for even the seasoned researcher. 1997). It is well illustrated and well documented. African-American. birth. finding aids. It also includes a new chapter on the property rights of women. and genealogical publishers and booksellers. military service and pension files. D. This is truly a wonderful book. edited by Kory L. Learn where to find and how to use vital resources like: databases.” Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. Federal Censuses. This reference covers genealogical source materials in great detail. This is such a book.. atlases). and updated information on the 1920 census.. or needs to be changed. and Printed Sources. 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: Ancestry. Librarians and researchers will appreciate the depth and detail of information provided. Three appendixes provide information on CD-ROMs. periodicals). and cemetery records. 1998). and more. A fine line can be drawn between this publisher’s classic work.” Map Guide to the U. this new work addresses materials that have arisen from authors’ compilations and synthesis of the original data. the Map Guide clearly shows the modern county boundaries for every state as well as the contemporary boundaries as they appeared in each census year. directories. by Anne Bruner Eales and Robert M.C. census records. begin with outlines of key concepts and sources to be discussed and end with helpful bibliographies. we have a better guide to places where genealogical records are maintained today. a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence. 64. because the basics of genealogy remain timeless and immutable. printed original records. the number and variety of printed sources can be overwhelming and confusing. Four sections include background information (how-to books. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. It is enjoyable to study even when not seeking assistance on a problem somewhere between 1790 and 1920. Chapters. Meyerink (Provo. specifically the relationship between computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM) and the timeless principles of good genealogical research.g. by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. with black lines showing the older condition overlaid on the same map. While the first book defines and explains “original” records (e. Hispanic. this is a required purchase for all libraries. 3rd edition. lead a researcher in the best possible direction for further research. edited by Loretto D. death. Additional chapters focus on tracking ethnic origins using immigration records and other resources for Native-American. Szucs and Sandra H. even if their own collections do not contain so many sources. censuses. Inc. and Jewish-American research. Luebking. 1790–1920. No. and is a very comprehensive review of genealogical source materials.. and compiled records (family histories. If we have an understanding of the county boundary changes. it is also put together in a very scholarly manner. etc.54 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE genealogy and computers. 1987). indexes. With a wealth of knowledge packed into 840 pages. By starting with a modern state map to locate a particular place. Excerpt from Library Journal: “For those just beginning their family history research. as a result. 2000).. vital records. Excerpt from a review in The American Genealogist Guide To Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. military records. This is done with a gray and white background showing the modern condition. ensuring its value and usefulness for a long time to come. land and tax records. 1790–1920. and other finding aids. Kvasnicka (Washington.S.). many contributed by well-known genealogists. or a seasoned expert who’s hit the proverbial “brick wall. obviously prepared with a great deal of work and care. Little else has changed. marriage and divorce records. The comparison may reveal areas not yet in a particular county for a particular census year and.S. This work serves as a guide through the maze of published records for beginner and expert alike. Inc. The Source. Whether you’re a brand new genealogist trying to figure out where to begin. genealogical libraries. 1): “Every once in a while a new book comes along which most genealogists should not be without. UT: Ancestry. church records. major U. On all of its 393 maps.: National Archives and Records Administration. business and employment records. the Map Guide maps will vividly reveal the county boundary changes.
and naturalizations. but it is not enough. by Ann S. by Elizabeth Petty Bentley. pensions. services. DAR Library. The validity of any piece of evidence cannot be analyzed if its source is unknown. Inc.. passenger arrivals. this book puts you in touch with all the key sources of genealogical information. booksellers. and many other types of documents of interest to both beginning and experienced genealogists. For family historians who want to do their own study. For hobbyists. 2001). bounty land warrants. and one-name societies. 2) Military Records explore records of the regular army... special interest groups. will aid family researchers in the National Archives I & II. it describes the standards. publishers. and medical scientists who seek professional researchers. Library of Congress. Censuses taken by the states are different from those taken by the federal government and often stand as excellent substitutes for missing federal censuses or as finding aids for periods between federal censuses. Washington. merchant seamen. and other records. Since land records are more complete and go back further in time than any other type of record.Research Help for the Addicted • 55 lists. Inc... private land sales. Maps of the public domain as divided by the Government Land Office are very helpful. and 4) Other Useful Records encompass land records. and more. Wade Hone (Salt Lake City: Ancestry.. Like a national yellow pages for genealogists. Inc. Land and Property Research in the United States.” The Genealogist’s Address Book. and Librarians. genealogical societies. archives.. 2001). addresses. naval and marine service.C. African Americans. research centers. Inc. business hours. contact persons. 1992). This unique book provides the family history researcher with a reliable standard for both the correct form of source citation and the sound analysis of evidence. 2005).. edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. a researcher’s chance of locating a person in land records is greater than any other genealogical source. Writers.. Editors. Lecturers. government agencies. Inc. websites. historical societies. records of the District of Columbia. vital records offices. phone numbers. and the author’s treatment of this little-understood concept is nothing short of brilliant. Summed up in a few choice sentences from the introduction: “Successful research—research that yields correct information with a minimum of wasted time and funds—depends upon a sound analysis of evidence.500 libraries. miscellaneous records. Schaefer (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 1996). FAX numbers. claims records. religious organizations and archives. state land grants. and names of contact persons. newspaper columns. The volume is divided into four sections... D. homesteads. Lainhart (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Based on responses to questionnaires sent to family associations. and databases. and civilian government employees. and cartographic records. 1997). and other pertinent information for more than 16. This book is a guide to state and territorial censuses and the repositories where they are now located. Inc. 3) Records Relating to Particular Groups include those concerning civilians during wartime. each with a number of chapters: 1) Population and Immigration Records include censuses.. attorneys. by E. reliably. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. land records. volunteers. e-mail addresses. This book describes the records of public domain land.. Citing a worthless source is an effort that produces worthless results. 5th edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. 4th edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. is home to the largest body of accessible research materials in the world. Directory of Family Associations. Bureau of Land Management. by Christina K. 1997). it’s a consumer’s guide that de- The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area. State Census Records. In successful genealogical research these two practices are inseparable. Professional Genealogy is a manual by professionals for everyone serious about genealogy. reunion committees. by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. by Elizabeth Petty Bentley. surname registries. phone numbers. Source citation is fundamental. the local LDS Family History Centers. this A– Z directory of family associations provides addresses. and more. professional bodies. This book identifies the resources that . Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers. giving names. Native Americans. periodicals.
Online Roots. up-close and personal. This books guides the researcher through the substantial British archives. And for all those who dream of turning a fascinating hobby into a successful career. is to train the researcher in this new methodology. it offers benchmarks by which they can advance their skills and place their businesses on sounder footing. 2001). NGS description: “Second in the new National Genealogical Society Guides series. it provides a bridge to the methods. What are your chances of finding a record of your ancestor’s arrival in America? This book tells you what records are available in the National Archives for the major ports and for what time periods. ProGen explains the process. by Cyndi Howells (Rutledge Hill Press/Na- . The companion web site was created for two reasons: to give owners of the book a current set of links for the online references listed in the book and to give owners of the book the ability to easily copy and paste the samples from the book. parish registers. this book will make your online search more effective and productive. NGS description: “This book is designed to walk you through the process of creating your own genealogy web site..” American Passenger Arrival Records: A Guide to the Records of Immigrants Arriving at American Ports by Sail or Steam.” Topics covered include: judging your sources. The book focuses on making a quality genealogy web site that will be the best research tool possible. poll books.. Inc. Herber. The book contains numerous addresses for web sites. The modern world of genealogy combines the traditional methods of research with the awesome power of computers and the Internet. VA. The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy. Arlington. giving a detailed view of the records and the published sources available. by Michael Tepper (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 2003). by Karen Clifford (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. when an ancestor has a criminal record. Arlington. so newbies and veterans alike can benefit from this book. the Internet. It includes chapters that guide researchers to the records that are more difficult to find and use. Creating a genealogy web site can be as simple or as complex as you like. 2nd edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. checking modern lists and resources..” For established genealogical professionals. For librarians who struggle to help a whole new class of patrons.56 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE fines quality and facilitates choices. by Mark D. How to Discover Your Family’s History & Heritage with the Power of the Internet.. and property records. 2006). 1993). and locating photographs on the web. researching military records. tying the fundamentals of genealogical research to the infrastructure of computers and websites. by Pamela Boyer Porter and Amy Johnson Crow (Rutledge Hill Press/ National Genealogical Society. and Your Genealogy Computer Program. such as wills. The purpose of this book. and minutiae of “history. VA. A manual for modern genealogy—designed for the beginner but useful even to the most seasoned researcher. a combination so powerful that it has transformed the way we do genealogy. but it will give you everything you need to make those programs work well within your plans for your site. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History. as well as samples of HTML and e-mail messages to use during the process. civil and ecclesiastical court records. It will help you assess the accuracy of what you find and help you get the most out of the Internet. sources. finding clues to primary sources. and how to access these records. It won’t teach you how to write HTML or the ins and outs of every software program for genealogy or the web. therefore... 2003). analyzing each record and guiding the searcher to finding-aids and indexes. Inc. tional Genealogical Society. Planting Your Family Tree Online: How To Create Your Own Family History Web Site. Inc.
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If you’d like the book. If you ever wanted to trace your family online. THE AUTHOR William Dollarhide is the author of over ten books on genealogy and the editor of the popular magazine Genealogy Bulletin. See full description here . . Designed as a beginner’s guide. . Getting Started in Genealogy Online packs more clout than any 64 pages ever written on the subject of online genealogy. a durable print version is available from the publisher . this little book will help you do it.