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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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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. parents. lived. Write in the names and details using your memory only. dates.) is needed to locate a person somewhere within a certain time period.com. When? An approximate date for a genealogical event (a date of birth.) Or. the experiences and memories of the oldest child may be quite different . and places. a cemetery sexton’s record. If someone in your family has ever done genealogical research. or e-mail. marriage. Who (a name) 2. start with these steps: What Do You Need to Start? There are three things you need to know about someone to pursue his genealogy. Compare your memories with the memories of your brothers. They are the three “W’s”: 1. if you know that your grandmother died in California in 1984. marriage. The Internet is going to be your main source for collecting information. married. for example. you may already have their postal addresses. In a large family. but it can be an overwhelming experience without going through some steps to refine your research project. or any other living relatives. death. 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. voter registrations. you can get a death certificate. more importantly. Start with your immediate family members—in person. such as land records. and so on. and on and on—all because you know the place of death. sisters. Therefore. a tombstone inscription. Where (a place) Who? A full name. or burial. or died. before jumping into the billions of names listed on the Internet. If you receive and save Christmas cards from relatives. If you know all three items for an ancestor in your pedigree you can obtain much more information. Sketch a similar diagram on scratch paper or make a photocopy of the chart and then try filling in the blanks with names. or when you find evidence of residence. You may discover that others in your immediate family have different stories to tell. 9 Step 1 Family Interviews The first step is to find clues by interviewing members of your family. When (a date) 3. tax lists.How to Start What Do You Know? In the back of this book is a form called a Pedigree Chart. The place is the key element in doing genealogy. grandparents. then a funeral record. Finding genealogical references to a person begins when you discover the jurisdiction where a written record was first recorded—a record of birth. there is a chance that you can find the results of that research on the Internet. because that is where the records are stored today. a church record. what you don’t know about your ancestry.google. residence. including a maiden name for a woman. (You would have to know the place he was born to know where to write. is important. you can send for a copy of his birth certificate. by telephone. etc. if you know that your father was born in Alabama in 1932. Go to: www. After doing this you should have a pretty good idea of what you know and. Where? This is the most important one—it is the place where a person was born. For example. social security record.
This is because they share the same parents. Include the names of spouses of these siblings too. By showing the brothers and sisters of your grandfather. Try to obtain the names. Always ask about the places where people lived. Cousins sharing the same grandparents may have completely different memories and impressions. See if you can visit cousins in person. The Family Group Sheet is a very important tool. These may be distant cousins or a great-aunt you really do not remember that well. Your cousins are sources to you now. Here is the place you can identify all of the children of an ancestor. Try www. married. perhaps there’s an old journal from the family farm business. 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. Suggestion: start a file with notes for one surname. etc. you will have a worksheet for a family group. yet they share the same parents. You need to contact them. We identify a complete family group. cities. either by writing a nice folksy “long-time-no-see” letter. jot things down in such a way that the notes can be copied later onto 81/2" × 11" sheets. grandparents. While the Pedigree Chart only identifies direct ancestors. 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. Remember. the place is the key.10 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE from those of the youngest child. keep a record on the Pedigree Chart. and see what kind of family . counties. Another form in the back of this book is a Family Group Sheet. along with their marriage dates and places. states. the Family Group Sheet is a place to identify your ancestors as parents with all of their children. These notes will prove invaluable as you gather what you know about your family. The dates and places where brothers and sisters were born will show the movements of the family. If you tend to scribble and take notes on napkins or scraps of paper. a Family Group Sheet should be started. lived. Collect and record any information you learn from the interviews. 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.com for their free directory look-up—but there are many others. Start keeping notes on standard sheets of paper that can go in a standard loose-leaf notebook. dates. This is how we have success in genealogy. Online: Can you locate phone numbers or e-mail addresses for your close family members? How about a “White Pages” look-up. Thus. Begin your note-taking with the idea that someone besides yourself may read them someday. Note taking. Record the family data. or sending off an e-mail message. greatgrandparents. try to organize the notes in some logical order. when you did the work. For each married couple shown on the Pedigree Chart. Again. for example. Step 2 Contact Other Relatives Your homework should reveal names of other relatives. Use the key words “white pages directory” in a Google search to find them. you will have more places (towns. Include notes to yourself about the research. and places for each brother or sister of your parents. By understanding where each child was born. But whether you write it by hand or type the information into a computer file. and so on.msn. As you gain more information. understanding the place is the key to finding any written evidence of a person’s life. countries) to find written evidence relating to the parents—your ancestors. using your telephone. Interview questions. You may be better at keeping notes in your word processor. who you contacted. 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. with all of the facts about each member of that family. they are branches of the tree that may lead you to a common ancestor (they all share the same ancestors as you). or died. See if a reunion is possible.
and all U. In addition. you may have to pay extra to have the state vital records office search a span of years for a person who died. the funeral director. with secure online payment using a credit card. such as copies of photographs of their very own grandfather (who happens to be your grandfather. territories or possessions—with links to vital records offices in many countries around the world.. should be enough to locate a person’s death certificate. there may be restrictions based on the length of time since the death occurred. grandparents. and the “informant” (the person who provided the information for the death certificate). aunts. the date the records begin. For other relatives. Remember the rule of treating brothers and sisters of your ancestors as equals. time period. If you know the state in which the person died. approximate date of death. Usually. But if your name is Johnson—have you considered going into stamp collecting? Sorry. The exact date and place of birth and death should also be on the certificate.S. All fifty states are represented. death records are open to the public if the request is from a direct descendant of the person who died.com. this is an easy thing to do. Today the best way to look up someone is to use the many “White Pages” available on the Internet. Statewide registration of vital records started during the period 1900– 1920. An unusual or uncommon surname (your last name) is a benefit. such as parents. This is one of the best free-access websites anywhere. Before that. the certificate includes the name of the person’s father and maiden name of the mother. That means you should attempt to get a death certificate for uncles. Add the names of a spouse. It is now time to send for copies of death certificates for any of your parents. and great-aunts. The standard death certificate form for all states includes important information about the deceased. and asking if they know of a connection to themselves. Each generation back in time should reveal more relatives. however distant. Online: Go to www. Most of the state vital records websites give you the means of ordering a copy of a vital record online. divorce. death records may be available from a county courthouse. or close relatives who have died. Besides the cause of death. parents. supported by most of the state vital statistics offices with frequent updates. too). . so that a query can be recognized for any possible connection. and an exact place where your own Johnson lived. just kidding. however. you will learn the deceased’s social security number. You can find other people with that name using phone books or city directories. Identifying relatives. Offer to share any information you learn with them. you can have success writing letters and sending e-mail messages. is a valuable way to add more details about your own ancestors. the cemetery where the body was interred. plus the District of Columbia. To make contact with a person with a surname like Johnson. Step 3 Get the Death Certificates After you have gathered everything you can from your relatives. great-uncles. grandparents. or children. marriage. and any other information you can add. This can really pay off. you will learn more information about your own ancestors. Many successful genealogical projects were started by just contacting people with the same name. You do not need to know the city or county where a person died. the fee for obtaining a birth. and all but a few states have vital records from about 1910 forward. or death record. Even with a name like Johnson. Generally.vitalrec.How to Start • 11 memorabilia they may have. You will be able to find the vital records office of interest. etc. you may learn the name of the person’s spouse. in addition to parents and grandparents. your Pedigree Chart should have a few more details than when you first started. and a direct link to a website. You can create a letter or e-mail message that you copy and send out to those you can locate with that name. knowing a name. giving some information about your ancestors. where detailed information about accessing death records can be found. If you take these steps. children. add full names. spouse. On more recent death certificates. You are related to someone because you share one person as a common ancestor.
Since the one piece of information you can count on is the place the person died.S. or just one source is not enough. (Funeral homes rarely go out of business completely.S. These records may have details not found anywhere else. you still need to get a copy of a death certificate. including the exact location of the plot. Online: Go to the www.com site and locate a state. To get an address and phone number for a funeral home anywhere in the U. or Canada. Step 4 Follow up Death Records When Grandpa died.12 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Why a death certificate? Because it is the starting point for learning an exact place of death. And. one memory. the next step is to follow up what you have learned from the death certificate. and phone number of every funeral home in North America. html. Next. For each death record. At this point you may have enough information about a married couple to obtain a copy of a marriage record.com/directories/online_directories.) If you answer “Consumer” in the registration form. With a death certificate in hand. If the death certificate gives a date and place of birth.) . plus a search for active cemeteries and a limited supply of newspaper obituaries. recorder. Both of these directories are online at the Nomis website: www. Online: The National Yellow Book is published by Nomis Publications of Youngstown. Under that state will be listings of all counties with the local vital statistics registrar (county clerk. but if you designate yourself as an “Educational Professional” you will be accepted.). Someone else did it. Funeral directors are well versed on other funeral home businesses in their area.g. a birth record may still be available from a county courthouse near the place the person was born. the same office is the keeper of divorce records. Putting these other items of evidence together is how you prove something. Get a funeral record. including those that may have changed their names since a death certificate was issued. etc. Someone else may not have known all the facts. If the name of a cemetery was not mentioned on the death certificate. Nomis also publishes a directory of active cemeteries in the U. The National Yellow Book of Funeral Directors. A death certificate may mention the name of a funeral director. (those where burials are still done). you can send for a copy of a birth certificate. you need the death certificate to get the other evidence relating to a person’s death. You need a document that you can cite as the source of the information.. This site has the same database of funeral homes supplied by The National Yellow Book. the funeral director will have this information. Funeral directors are usually very easy to talk to and cooperative (they want your family’s business). and it is updated every 12 months. they are more often taken over by another.yelobk. Since there are several types of records relating to a person’s death. a funeral director in the immediate area can probably tell you what happened to the records of that old mortuary. you will now have some very specific and necessary tasks to do. This directory gives the name. One document.vitalrec. and you need more than one document (for every genealogical event) if you ever want to have the proof of relationship. you will be taken to another free funeral website: www. he had very little to do with the information written on his death certificate. Nomis wants you to register to use the website. It is estimated that 20 percent of all death certificates have a mistake on them. e. So even if the name of the funeral home from a death certificate does not appear in any modern listing. You can contact a funeral home and ask if there are records concerning a person’s death and funeral service. you need to follow up any clues you learn and get some other records: Get more vital records. Ohio. most with direct links to the local website. (It may be a stretch. you often pick up the names of relatives to the deceased not mentioned in other records. If the date of birth precedes statewide registration (about 1900–1920). particularly if all you know is the state where a person died.com. and they limit access to those involved in the funeral industry.funeralnet. Even if you have exact death information for a person from family sources. call or visit a funeral director in your area and ask to use his directory of funeral homes. address.
“Jerns Funeral Bellingham. try a Google search using the key words “obituary index Oregon” to see what comes up. Go to: http://geonames. they may provide you with the names of local researchers who will do the work for a fee. including towns. the nearest courthouse. as well as any reference to that funeral home from some other source (such as a genealogical report that lists names of people. and to make it easy for him to return something to you. and place of death (from the death certificate).How to Start • 13 With the exact modern name and place of the funeral home. Online: A special website that provides direct links to libraries is the Libweb site (Library Servers via WWW) http://lists.yelobk.. etc. Try a surname from your Pedigree Chart: many rural cemeteries were named for the first family donating land.com site to find an address. including the exact latitude/longitude location of the cemetery.g. Get a Social Security record. Obscure inactive cemeteries. published by R. click on “Domestic Names” and then “Search Get an obituary. i. With the modern name and address in hand. and the gravestone inscription may be revealing as well. If you can find a website for a particular funeral home. look for websites for newspapers. which leads to the next item: GNIS” to go to the query form.S. If you write to a funeral director. Inc. If you believe your subject died in Oregon.funeralnet. cemetery. streams. mountains. funeral home. Most library websites have a place to e-mail questions to them.000 named cemeteries. If a person died within the last 30 years or so. can be located in a database provided by the U. For any person who was .).S. Geological Survey. Old newspapers from the town where the person died are usually available in the local library. All you need is the name of the cemetery and the feature (cemetery) to initiate a search for that name.usgs. although most of these cover only a short time in the recent past. called a form SS-5. many include obituaries. Send off a message asking for help.gov/. e. Do a Google search for the name and place. When you contact the funeral home. etc. You can immediately send for a copy of the deceased’s original application for a social security card.e. There are many old obituaries extracted and indexed on the Internet. or at least know who might be the keeper of records for the cemetery.com/ directories/online_directories.—and over 100. Go to your own library and ask for the American Library Directory. you are in luck.org/libweb/.” Such a search will bring up the website itself. A newspaper obituary was probably published soon after the person’s death. At the Main Page. Or visit the www. including small family plots located on old homesteads. Every library in the U. They may be on microfilm. There may be a record at the office of the cemetery.) Also. the nearest school. Included are named features found on the maps. the death certificate includes his social security number.. From this database it is possible to print a detailed USGS topographical map of the area. If so.R. but if not.000 entries meeting that key word criteria.html. Bowker. date of death. Online: check the directory of active cemeteries listed at the Nomis site at: www. Use the map to find other genealogical resource centers near the cemetery. and this database is how you find the exact location. Get a cemetery record..webjunction. include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) as a courtesy. the nearest church. of New York. (Google says there are 387. If the cemetery is mentioned on the death certificate or found in the funeral director’s records. 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. see if that business has its own website. etc. place of death. the cemetery is now a source of information. has this book. Funeral directors are also experts on the location of cemeteries in their area. 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. you should be able to find its e-mail address as well. Most libraries will do this type of look-up for you. ask about the cemetery where the person was buried and whether they have an address or phone number for the cemetery office. do a Google search to see if that cemetery office has its own website. Provide the full name.
The search form at this site includes a person’s first name. you should follow up and obtain a copy of the deceased person’s birth certificate. dates. etc. and name and address of an employer. etc. and 3) suspicious people (those who have the right name. as well as a funeral record. the online index at the RootsWeb site can be useful for creating the letter asking for a copy of the SS-5 form. the Kansas Johnson notes in another group. Use the name of any deceased person to get the letter. And you will be rewarded with a great genealogical document. last name. com/. an indexing system that groups names by their sound rather than exact spelling. For example. . the year SSA began computerizing its records. If you assign page numbers to your notes. and place of residence.. and possibly marriage and divorce records. such as Johnson KS-1. The fee for obtaining the SS-5 is mentioned in the letter.rootsweb. and as more records are added you can separate the notes and documents by the places people lived. the chances are very good you can obtain all of these follow-up records. In such cases. The SS-5 gives the person’s name. After you have a death certificate. but no proof of relationship). And you will be gathering primary genealogical records that will prove every statement you make on a Pedigree Chart or Family Group Sheet. Johnson. Then. KS2. this is the best way to find out the social security number for a person who died. Piles of paper. 2) collaterals (siblings and their spouses and descendants). Your note collection can include references to 1) ancestors (parents. Review. Keep all three types together in the notes collection. Jonsen. and so on. One with free access is available at the RootsWeb site: http://ssdi. and so on. KS-3. time period. great-grandparents. middle name(s). From each document you obtain. Copy the letter to a word processor file and you have the means of printing and mailing the letter to the correct SSA address.” which creates a custom letter to the Social Security Administration asking for a copy of form SS-5 for the selected person. Any hit for a deceased person who looks like your subject allows you to click on “SS-5 letter. and places to the Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets. and a social security SS5 record. names of parents. then modify the letter to be specific to your subject. In fact. Even if your subject does not appear in the SSDI because the date of death was before 1962. and social security number. e. your chances of getting this record are very good.). you need to add as much information about the person as possible: date and place of birth. you will learn something new about the person.g. The application was filled out by the person and includes his own signature.genealogy. grandparents. and even suspicious people). you will have a “source code” that can be used on the Family Group Sheet. This is primary evidence because it was written by the person himself. etc. From the notes collection you will be able to add names. newspaper obituary. The surname search can be modified to include soundex spellings. The SSDI is online at several websites. you could have one notebook on the Johnson ancestors (plus people who married into the Johnson family. maiden name of mother. All deaths reported to SSA are included.14 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE employed from 1936 forward. Refer to the backside of the Family Group Sheet form at the back of this book to see how “References” can be identified. For any person who died during the 20th century. date and place of birth. occupation. Jonnson. you need to file them (or copies of them) along with your research notes in a notebook. As you receive documents through the mail. address at time of application. 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. 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. 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. separated by the place where the record originated. date and place of death. cemetery record. The search does not require the social security number and can be done just for the surname. separate the Iowa Johnson notes in one group. collateral ancestors. One notebook can be organized by the surname of the ancestor. name of father.
organized by state and alphabetically by the soundex code. 1790–1930. or individuals. they listed the names of the heads of households living in every state. Census records have become a major source for locating the place where an ancestor lived and. You may be able to look at these microfilmed census lists at a library near you. the 1930 does not have a complete soundex index like the 1920. The many thousands of original population schedules from the 1790 through 1930 censuses have been microfilmed and made available to archives. in 1920.) A soundex index is a method of indexing names by removing extra letters from a name that sound alike. If any of your ancestors was living in the U. and then coding the hard sounds of the remaining letters. the starting point is the 1920 census. but for off line research. as a result. try scanning the image of each document. Indiana. the federal census was taken by listing the names of every member of a household. This indexing system allows you to find a person in the census whose surname can be spelled different ways.) A few other national library collections have all federal censuses. The cards now appear one after another on a roll of microfilm. 1830–1930. the United States Constitution has a provision that a nationwide census of the population shall be taken every ten years.S. which has a unique soundex index to every head of household and for all states and territories. All state libraries/archives have complete sets of census microfilms for their state. This provision has become a boon for genealogists. learning about his date and place of birth. the soundex Step 5 Federal Census Search You can now build on the information you have gathered so far.S. married. or a place of birth on a death certificate that says your great-aunt was born in New Jersey. hired hands.gov/locations/ website. children. Beginning in 1850. the latest federal census open to the public is the 1930 census. A federal law protects the privacy of any person named in a census for a period of 72 years. the Mid-Continent Library in Independence. libraries. are now located at the National Archives in Washington. occupation.How to Start • 15 If you want to reduce the manual paper drudgery. Often the place indicated is the state and not the county. Therefore. You will have success in finding primary documents for your immediate families. the best place to look is at one of the regional branches of the National Archives. spouse. But the electronic files need the same organizational attention to “source codes” for each page of notes. D. To apportion the U. lived. And the original paper documents you gather need to be put in a safe place. the next step is to find the exact place where a person lived from the federal censuses. personal wealth. however. adding the picture file to your word processor textual notes collection. and many have sizeable collections for surrounding states as well. . which have microfilms for all surviving censuses from 1790 through 1930. Missouri. education. Larger city libraries may have at least their state’s census microfilms. and even immigration information. making the federal census schedules a tremendous source for finding families living in America. as well as double letters and all vowels. The federal census is how you find the name of the county in Alabama and New Jersey in which the events occurred. one for each head of household. such as the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. on microfilm. From 1880 on. And you will be collecting the records that may give a place where a person was born.C. for census years after 1840. and lists every member of the household by name.archives. Complete surviving manuscripts of the censuses. (Find these facilities at the www. Next. divorced. and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. or died. The soundex index was originally prepared by the WPA in the 1940s on 3" × 5" cards. 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. If you are near one of the facilities with all census microfilms. (The 1930 census is online. House of Representatives. such as an obituary that says your grandfather was born in Alabama. the census schedules list the names of each member of a family with their relationship to the head of the household. because the first five censuses (1790 through 1840) not only counted the population.
and with the most every-name indexes. Federal Census by Year. only the 1900 and 1920 are complete indexes for every household in America. Ancestry will try to sell you a subscription first. including “US Federal Census. “Search a Specific U. A compete searchable 1880 federal census is online at the www. it was these printed census indexes that became the basis for most of the census indexes online today.com.” After a search and subsequent list of names. it is usually more efficient to search each census year separately. This is the website for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Name indexes included at HeritageQuest Online are only for the heads of households for most years. 1910. Before the advent of online census indexes. This will bring up the categories of databases available. The 1880. Published statewide census indexes exist now for the period 1790–1860 for all states.org site. To find one.” There are two very useful websites designed just for finding census records online.) Use this form to search for a single person and the results will show hits from all of the censuses. Therefore. click on the “Search” tab at the top of the Ancestry Home Page screen. These book indexes are found in the same libraries and archives as the census microfilms. and any countywide census database can be accessed with a direct link from this site. but they do offer a 14-day trial membership for free. you can use them to focus your search for a surname or narrow your search down to a specific county of residence. Even without a subscription. All census schedules from 1790 to 1930 are organized by the counties within each state or territory.com/ site is also complete for all federal censuses. 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. A subscription (upwards of $200/year) is required to access Ancestry’s records and images. but the black and white images of every census page are often clearer and easier to read than the Ancestry grayscale set. 1790–1930. 1790–1930.familysearch. all of which are finding tools. the name list will be endless. (Ancestry says they have over 4 billion names. go to the main RootsWeb page at www. which will be described later. For focused census searches. 1900. are those at the www.rootsweb. But to look at an individual record or image from the lists of names. 1920. but the most important aspect of census searching is the ability to find precisely the place on the ground where someone lived. But the results will also include names from many other databases. the Home Page for the Ancestry site has a search form for finding names of people in their various database collections. you will open the door to many more genealogical sources related to that place. and 1930 censuses each have a soundex index.S. The other website. including a link to the image of the census page on which a name appears. www. And as you begin to learn the residences where your ancestors lived. many computerized name indexes to censuses were published in books. each item can be reviewed in more detail.ancestry. In fact. which can be useful if the name is uncommon. But for a name like James Johnson. There are other federal censuses online at various RootsWeb sites. census-online. Since these soundex and printed indexes are organized on a statewide basis.” Or do a Google search for a specific state and year.com. does the same . Of these. You can do a search for a name in the entire database of censuses. gives a list by state of every county. The first. The most complete. 1790–1930.com commercial site. The http://heritagequestonline. There are many details about families that can be learned from the census schedules. Click on “Websites. such as “1860 census online Iowa.com.” Go to the second part of the census search screen. Online: The scanned images of every page of all federal censuses. are online at several sites on the Internet.censusfinder. where limits to a person’s approximate date of birth will help narrow down the search. and indexes for 1870 are partially complete. This site is only accessible at a subscribing library or institution—there are no individual subscriptions. www. But there are many subscribing libraries that allow their patrons (those with a library card) to access the site remotely. 1790–1930.16 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE index is the way to find them on a census page.
and at least that many for all other countries. A family found here is hot-linked to the Ancestry. You can test this by going to the FHL Home Page and searching for James Johnson. court records. dates. etc. and a place (U. think of a means of keeping them in notebooks where they can be revisited as needed. with records that have been submitted by individuals through the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. date. with literally billions of names. etc. A database containing over 105 million names online. 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.) 1881 Canadian Census. and submitter information. An every-name extraction for all Canadian provinces and territories. 1880 Federal Census. Here are the major databases included in the Family-Search look-up: Ancestral File™.000 entries.S.e.com site and the same page (scanned image) of the census schedule. and the list can narrow to only a few hundred entries. The lists are nearly the same. A database of names. Keep going and find your families as far back as possible. 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.. Several generations of your ancestry can be identified using census records alone. some with several generations. parent information. and more. Piles of paper.). and Canada alone. submitted by people from all over the world. Use both sites to find a countywide census extraction online. Identify the copies by assigning a page number. This online index includes individual records with events. a range of years for the event. This is the Home Page of the Family History Library (FHL) website. either electronically as picture files or directly to your printer. (No membership in Ancestry. state) of the event. and residences of people extracted from a myriad of local resources. But for more common surnames.org. and the searches can be done using several distinguishing criteria. and separating them by surname and place. 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. date of birth or death. you will be inundated with unknown people. If the surname is uncommon. see what is new at each. Here are the two main lookup services which allow you to search for a person by name. so try not to place them on the pile. perhaps as many as 25. Your census searching will be successful. Since the census images are online at the Ancestry. But try the search again by adding an event (birth.com is required if the link starts at the FHL FamilySearch site.com and HeritageQuest Online sites. death. Pedigree Resource File™. searching for just a person’s last name will be rewarding. Census records will add more paper to your collection than any other resource. such as European parish records. American vital records. Therefore. A hit on a person listed here allows you to locate the name and address of the person who submitted the information. and place: www. you can make copies of these pages.familysearch. i. a shotgun approach to searching the Internet in the look-up databases still needs to be oriented to the Name— Date—Place criteria. you will be presented with an endless list of people with the name James Johnson worldwide.S. If you type just the first and last name and start the search. . place of birth or death. The IGI has over 250 million entries for the U. adding them to your notes collection.How to Start • 17 thing in a slightly different format. A name search here takes you through the combined indexes of six major databases. exact spelling of a name or soundex spelling. International Genealogy Index™. A collection of linked families. but since the sites are updated at different times.
com. . and places of your ancestors. a membership is not required to search the databases for the names. it is one of the most successful commercial sites of any kind. perhaps more. MA Probate Index -more . you will have collected more paper than you thought possible. and rarely are sources cited for the information they submitted. . This version of the SSDI (unlike the one at the RootsWeb site mentioned in Step 4) is not linked to a “SS-5 Letter. .ancestry. . plus many records with notes and sources (but not all). . Birth. Court. . either by contacting the submitter or repeating the research they did to arrive at the relationships. Remember. And with over one million paid subscribers. . . date. Social Security Death Index (SSDI). Ancestry ranks in the top ten of any website in the world. . Trees & Community -OneWorldTreeSM -Message Boards -more . . You cannot extend your pedigree without documentation that proves a relationship. and places of every person on your Pedigree Chart. dates. . . and place to narrow down the number of names that will appear on the hit list. 1890 -Early UK and US Directories -more . . Military -WWI Draft Registration Cards -Civil War Service Records -more . Land & Probate -Texas Land Title Abstracts -Middlesex. Directories & Member Lists -New York City Directory. . . . An active genealogist is destined to sign up for an Ancestry membership because the databases available are so unique and important to genealogical research. but access to the records or images requires a subscription. Reference & Finding Aids -Genealogical Library Master Index -Ancestry Map Center -more . Searching the FamilySearch site is going to reveal more possible ancestors and collaterals. . . Be specific to a name. In any search the resulting list of names can be viewed. You will find that many of the Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File entries are names submitted by other genealogists. So it is possible to survey the names of interest from the Ancestry site and then decide if a membership is warranted. .” but having the names integrated into the other databases is useful. .com and Ancestry. dates.18 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE formation. Marriage & Death -Social Security Death Index -Obituary Collection -more . www. Within each category a name search can be done. Your first visit to the Ancestry site was to search the federal censuses. After your census searches and those in the databases at FamilySearch. Based on the number of visits. An abbreviated category list includes the following: Census -US Federal Census -UK Census Collection -more . and you are now responsible for confirming any relationships asserted in these files. from the Social Security Administration.com. You should have a pretty good handle on the names. This time go to the Home Page search. 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. Immigration Records -New York Passenger Lists -Passenger & Immigration Lists -more . . Newspapers & Periodicals -Historical Newspaper Collection -Periodical Source Index -more . Another approach is to browse the record categories. . . Do a search for every ancestor on your Pedigree Chart and every member of a family from your Family Group Sheets. Family & Local Histories -AGBI -Slave Narratives -more . Family Facts -Surname Distribution -Place of Origin -more .
Utah. (For example. civil court records.” then “Family History Library Catalog. Since the county of residence is the most important place for finding more information. voters’ registrations. Here is the place to determine which county records have been microfilmed.” Select the “Place Search” option. or death record may be there. licenses to engage in business or service. the next step is to find out what resources are available to you from a U. periodicals. or probate records. such as wills. Make a note of those that look like a place to continue looking for evidence of your ancestor in that county.org. Censuses. such as tax lists. Bibliographies. there are tax lists. so to look at a list of topics for one county of that state. and so on. and administrations. Operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some will be from the same county. this library is open to the public. and the array of genealogical resources found there can only be described as “astonishing. Virtually all of the topics contain name lists. estate papers.How to Start • 19 Next. Even if a person lived in a county for just a few years. and historically. registered cattle brands. Do this survey for every ancestor on your Pedigree Chart and for every member of a family shown on your Family Group Sheets. which gives a query box to type the name of a place. you can call up a list of any books. Business Records. Using the online FHL catalog. check New York. but to be thorough. and a whole range of source material currently available. 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. 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. abstracted. censuses and tax lists. or microfilm publications containing genealogical information for . public services at the county level are the most frequently used. For example. Think of it as a “to do” list. This is the Home Page for the Family History Library. Look for resources that may include the name of your ancestor. military lists. marriage. In addition. As a result. Are there birth records? How about land and property records? Maybe there is a published history of the county. county. Bible Records.familysearch. particularly the name of a county rather than just the name of the state. The best place resources (for the world) are found at a library in Salt Lake City. maps. or indexed in books. There are 3. Select a county and you will be presented with a topic list for that county. but you may discover that there were state censuses taken in that state as well. Utah. This will present an alphabetical list of the counties of that state. Type the name of a state first. original court records on microfilm. make a list of every county identified as a place of an event from your Family Group Sheets. This time click on the tab for “Library. At any state topic list you will note that the microfilmed statewide federal censuses are listed in detail. death. If a person ever bought land there will be a deed record in the courthouse.) These topics relate to statewide records. military lists. the chances are very good that his name is written down in a courthouse record of some kind. Cemeteries. birth. including Almanacs. and vital records. Online: Go to: www. and marriage records. click on “View Related Places” in the top right hand corner of the state topic screen. a person’s birth.S. voters’ registrations. These resources may include published histories for a county. This will take you to an alphabetical list of topics for that state. the equivalent of 6 million 250-page books can be found in over 2. all available on microfilm. or perhaps extracted. Archives. which has state censuses from 1825 to 1925.5 million rolls of microfilm.141 counties in the United States. It is now time to start a location search for more genealogical information in that county.” In addition to nearly a half-million books on their shelves. Many of these county courthouse records are on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. and it is the same place you visited earlier for a name search in the FHL databases.
For example.” . “All I did was go on the Internet and ask for a printout of the Johnson Family. Outside the courthouse. county.” These are the seven steps in Getting Started in Genealogy Online. or for countries all over the world. It is the most important ingredient needed to pursue your genealogy because the place is where records are stored today. Nearly all of the resources are available on interlibrary loan. knowing the right county of residence narrows the search for cemeteries. go to the link at the FHL site Home Page for “Family History Centers. You will note that there is a thread that connects each step: the place where an ancestor lived. This is how you start a genealogical project. and other places where genealogical information is available about past county residents. museums. libraries.20 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE any state. and anyone can make use of a local Family History Center to borrow rolls of microfilm. go back to your relatives for their memories. To locate one near you. when you discover a new name. territory. or town of the United States. The new information may jog an old memory that did not surface the first time around. You should repeat the seven steps each time you identify a new ancestor. genealogical societies.
google. histories. Add the word “online” to the search criteria and see what happens. etc. There may be a greater number of CDROM publications at bargain basement prices here than anywhere else. most online searches should still be related to the Name—Date—Place criteria. 21 Search for Book Titles on the Internet If you want to find information about a particular book. but refine the search to include “titles and descriptions. you can now begin a systematic search for these same resources that may be online. an extraction of vital records.com.” Often. New books are listed. a census index.ebay. type in the full title of a book and you will find it.com. you will get thousands of added hits for anything in which one or more of the words are relevant. the most important genealogical look-up sites are identified below. eBay has a growing number of auctions under the category “Everything Else > Genealogy.amazon. you can get the exact title of the book from your FHL catalog search. www. You can search by author or title. such as a county history.com. obscure genealogy titles can be found here. specifying must words or phrases. In the Google search box.barnesandnoble. Without the quotes. Enclosing the title in quotes. The FHL catalog search (Step 7) was a survey of the places of residence for your ancestors. To be successful in finding more genealogical information.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. and for . a current auction with a detailed book description and indexed names can be found using the keyword search (advanced).. The Google Advanced Search allows for more creative searching. good reason: the number of search hits is about double that of any other browser. Barnes and Noble is the world’s largest bookseller. e. And your Family Group Sheets will also need more details for each member of a family. Here are the best websites on the Internet for finding genealogical publications: www. www. This is also a good place to find a bargain price for a used book. Virtually every book in print or recently out-of-print can be found at Amazon. New York. and the resulting list is well presented. or using words from a title only. You also can search some of the most important library collections through their online library catalogs. Keyword searching is possible for any title. Search for any title or author to see if you get a hit. and vital records indexes. In fact. With the “to do” list compiled from your FHL catalog search. You can search for a specific title using several generic browsers and other genealogical look-up browsers with great success.com. particularly for CDs of census indexes. The search engine at Google is the world’s most used browser. your “to do” list may include several published books.” If the seller provided an index to names in a book (many do).com. “Genealogy and History of Montgomery County. but also used books available from affiliate sellers. you may find it thousands of times. and there are many ways of finding almost any historical or genealogical book title online.” limits the first hits to that exact phrase. mainly as a means of learning what records have been published in books or are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. But first. To do this.. such as omitting certain words. www.g.
This is the Home Page of the Godfrey Memorial Library of Middletown.S.000 historic newspapers from across the U. Invaluable genealogical tool.com and HeritageQuest Online sites. What makes the DAR library unique is the thousands of submitted manuscripts from local DAR research teams all across the country. D. Important Genealogy Websites to Bookmark The FHL catalog search was the start for finding resources relating to a state or county in the U. Inc.nypl. www.100 current subscriptions and nearly 10. and the world. military lists. It has become the primary source for digging up genealogical information published in periodicals—name lists. etc. http://catnyp. Locality searching here may bring up records found nowhere else.dar.00).C.in.org/. this library has annual memberships (for under $40. It would stand to reason that the largest library in the world would have an excellent genealogy collection. Search more than 1. 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. Major cities or obscure villages. Separate collections of more than 3. the UK. allowing anyone remote access to special online resources not normally accessible outside of a library. PERSI is a featured online database at both the Ancestry. Massachusetts. Search every word of these digital copies of America’s earliest newspapers. Easy to search. Included are these library-only online databases: OCLC Worldcat. Connecticut. www.us/genealogy/ index. Early American Newspapers (Readex). or save. The library has 5. This is the online catalog page for the Library of Congress in Washington. this source will give you the background information you need. Search their online catalog to find one. the online catalog of The New York Public Library. vital records. This is CATNYP. This is the website of the Genealogical Publishing Co.lib. Individual names and articles may be accessed through the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). For people with New England ancestry.com.22 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE www.org/index. with more than 5. print. A recent addition to their website is a name search to some 30 million names indexed from GPC’s 2.newenglandancestors. Canada. Name searches are available at the Home Page. This is the Home Page of the New England Historic Genealogical Society of Boston. and their online catalog at this site is the place to search. of Baltimore. and newspaper data of all types..genealogical. Marquis Who’s Who.org. from virtually all counties of the U.S. articles. the largest publisher of genealogical titles in America. (GPC). Quickly find obituaries.cfm. cemetery extractions.html.000 total titles as far back as 1847. and military lists.htm. Maryland. D.. The ACPL Historical Genealogy Department includes the largest number of printed county histories of any American library. Quickly gather background information on any place in the world. The department also holds the largest English-language genealogy and local history periodical collection in the world.280 feet (one mile) of shelves with books. with articles dating back as far as the 1700s. Columbia World Gazetteer. www. manuscripts. GPC is responsible for many of the primary research publications needed by genealogists.org/library/onlinlib. New York City. In addition to a unique American genealogy collection. including cemetery transcripts.000 books and CDs. Daughters of the American Revolution) in Washington. fully cataloged online.000+ libraries around the world. compiled by the department staff. http://catalog. this site is a must.acpl. children.loc. Quickly find any book about your family among 58 million titles held by 30. abstracted court records. and original family histories. This is the “Genealogy” page for the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) of Fort Wayne. More Newspapers. Ideal for quickly identifying the county for every city.godfrey.C..gov/. parents.2 million biographical sketches including more than 3 million spouses. most of which have never been published anywhere else. Publications are easy to locate here. This is the online catalog of the DAR Library (National Society.. Narrow your search to just marriage notices or obituaries. Indiana. The premier library online catalog.S. www.
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.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. And since many of the Google search results will refer to the Linkpendium site.org/ (English) defines the word compendium as “a concise yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge.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. including Linkpendium. locality where detailed genealogical information is available. or links to a U. click on “Localities: USA” to see the alphabetical list of states. In less than two years. and RootsWeb. For example. if you are seeking something about the history of Montgomery County. But there is nothing plain about a site that offers direct links to over 3.” followed by a county list. Correspondence -Creston GEDCOM Index -Union County Biographies (Source: U.com. http:/ /wikipedia. “Statewide Resources. .” Adding “link” is an apt description of this remarkable compendium of the body of genealogical knowledge. Linkpendium has surpassed the standard genealogy site locator (Cyndi’s List). Click on any state to see the first item. the exact title of a book is not necessary. For example. There are several important websites where you can start this search. Using the keywords “History Montgomery County New York. Click on a county to see an excellent array of resources for that county. Oral Histories. Genealogies. This site has a Plain Jane look about it. all linked to a specific website. Blizzards. Migrations through Montgomery County . New York. Biographies Project) -Union County GEDCOM Index Cemeteries -Cemeteries of Union County (Source: Interment. 1771 Tryon County New York (Source: Olive Tree Genealogy) · Family Files Surnames Department of History and Archives. Linkpendium turns out to be a powerful search engine for genealogical subjects. 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 . at the Home Page. Cyndi’s List.Where to Find More • 23 if any of these resources are available as online databases.” one of the first Google hits listed will be the following: Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA > New York > Montgomery County. 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.S.S.linkpendium. Memoirs. . why not go there next? www. Museums. A typical county list of resources may include the following: Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA > Iowa > Union County: Biographies. Floods.
Census U. biographies. Asia & The Pacific. a website for each county. All of these references are to major look-up sites in their own right. Alphabetical Category Index.S. places. (Localities. then by state. and Migration. Adoption. Sites Library of Congress National Archives Social Security U. An alphabetical listing by subject (Acadian. Genealogical & Historical Societies U. Ethnic Groups & People. here is an example of the organization for the United States Index: General U. and so on). note that there are references to Cyndi’s List of localities. “No Frills” Category Index.S. Cajun & Creole. and anything else that can be of value to genealogists.S. Emigration. Alabama. AfricanAmerican. Courthouses .S.usgenweb.—Vital Records In the above list of websites. Australia. History—Lewis & Clark U. because there are many online databases that can be searched. Topical Category Index.cyndislist. and ePodunk county sites. first for surnames and second for localities. and within each state. and so on).org). or indexes Main Category Index.com/. History—The Great Depression U. Help from Others. Family History Library topics for a county. RootsWeb sites. This is the Home Page for RootsWeb. An alphabetical listing with no added notes. Military U. Billed as the oldest and largest free genealogy site. Alaska. Cyndi’s List offers several different category lists. Click on “Websites” to see the categories. Lineage-Linked Sites A “lineage-linked” database website is a place where genealogists can publish their pedigrees into a large database online. Because it is organized by category rather than surname/ place. generated by a genealogical software system. The pedigree details from a GEDCOM file are then merged with linked lineages that have been submit- From the Main Category Index. Africa. 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. With the goal of digitizing genealogical name lists. History U.com/. RootsWeb is also the host for The USGenWeb Project (www. Africa. censuses. RootsWeb is now owned and operated by Ancestry. vital records.24 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Obituaries and Funeral Home Records Photographs.rootsweb. histories. Cajun & Creole. Start at the RootsWeb Home Page to review the organization. Thus. with thousands of links to websites focused on genealogy in European countries. an integrated system of websites for presenting genealogical databases online. Archives. Postcards. Computers and the Internet. Austria / Österreich. obituaries.S. And Cyndi’s List is international in scope. Historical Images Projects Surnames Web sites. www. the databases vary from county to county. and other material specific to a surname (33) Transportation and Industry Vital Records U. Linkpendium has become a starting point to find specialized surname and locality sites on the Internet.S. Thus. The names.—State Level Records Repositories: State Libraries.S. USGenWeb sites.S.. This is Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. The RootsWeb/GenWeb websites are updated frequently. based on the time and interest of the volunteers in each. and relationships/lineages for each tree are prepared by submitters in a special electronic format called GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunication). Searching Cyndi’s List may prove useful for certain categories that cannot be placed in either a surname or locality focus. but going to RootsWeb or GenWeb directly to do the search will bring up the latest entries. Civil War ~ War for Southern Independence U. Adoption. and some of the latest databases may not be included in the main look-up lists yet. Acadian. all of the RootsWeb/GenWeb sites are places where genealogy gets easier. www. the standard look-up website for genealogical information since 1996. both systems are manned by volunteers. first for the entire U. The concept of both of these systems is to provide locality websites. But overall.S.S.S. Inc. Marketplace. (Aberdeenshire. and so on). Immigration. dates. Linkpendium has combined all of the Web’s major genealogical locator services into one compendium. African-American.
date of birth.” In every case you should confirm the information and the sources and contact the submitter.com. such as printed family histories.) Three of the software systems should be noted here: Personal Ancestry File™ (PAF). Information entered by members can be matched and merged with that of other members to create family trees. The best way to access one of the linked lineage sites is to start at Cyndi’s List (www. or extended pedigrees. there is no way for the lineagelinked system to know if the information is correct or not.com/). A good review of the top ten genealogical software systems is at: http://genealogy-softwarereview. When this happens. all of the data is subject to confirmation.toptenreviews. base gathers family trees and family history records for millions of people.000.) Ancestry.cyndislist. includes data hand-entered mostly by LDS members. place of birth.000 names in 15. As a result. There are hundreds of genealogical software systems available on the market.” which includes the following direct links: Ancestry. To get the GEDCOM utility you need a genealogical software package that includes that utility. 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. Links may be to the parents of a person.” If more than one genealogist submits an identical.000. This is an ideal way to share your work and make contact with cousins you never knew about. Family history files that have been submitted by registered users of the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. death. names of parents. (No membership required to access this database. GenServ—Family History. The data mostly comes from GEDCOM files submitted by Ancestry members. WorldConnect Project. yet they are often copied by genealogists as “the truth. International Genealogical Index. From RootsWeb. place of marriage. This dataSM FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service— Search for Ancestors.com—Ancestry World Tree. one submitter may gain from information submitted by another—one who had more names. More than 400. Over 22. pedigree. all of the links found in one of the lineage-linked databases need to be taken as “possible” rather than “the truth. OneGreatFamily.) You will note that all ten systems reviewed are for Windows PCs only. (No membership required to access this database.Where to Find More • 25 ted by others. The searchable databases at the Family History Library’s Home Page include the following lineage-linked databases: Pedigree Resource File. Extensive coverage from European sources. . links. Provides its members with the ability to collaborate and build a worldwide genealogy database. However. but there are just a few that have any great numbers of users. Genealogical Software and GEDCOM Utility You need the GEDCOM utility to submit data to one of the lineage-linked databases.000 names. but incorrect.500+ GEDCOM databases. The database comes from earlier handentered data (some 25–30 years old) rather than from recent GEDCOM file submissions. The main problem is that many of the pedigree links come from untrustworthy published sources.com—OneWorldTree . name of spouse. This software has a huge user base and is available as a free download from the Family History Library’s website. There are many published genealogies with blatant errors. A checklist of name spelling. The system provides notification of potential matches with data already contained in the database. (There are only a couple of systems for the Macintosh. Ancestral File. analyzes the birth. More than 420. Pre-GEDCOM. because it depends on the veracity of the submitted information.000 names. date of marriage. Some sophistication is used by the system to determine if a newly submitted person is the same as one already in the database. and then displays the most probable matches for your ancestors. The FHL invented the GEDCOM utility and it is included in PAF. and marriage data.000. and names of children is done to ensure the match is correct. but more often links are to a spouse only. A free database that allows people to publicly share their family trees with other researchers.
00 from the publisher at www.W.. Records include U. D. including all names.rootsmagic. places.html Find More at the National Archives Finding genealogical records in their original form should start with the National Archives. Inc. military and pension records. which has the original topographic maps produced by the United States Geographic Survey beginning about 1888. National Archives and Records Administration. with over 2 million users. Massachu- . plus all notes.000 rolls of microfilm having importance for genealogical research. dates. In each regional archives branch (indicated with a ★) there is a reading room with all federal censuses..00.com. ships’ passenger arrival records.. parents. a genealogist can start with any genealogical software system. e. The two facilities are described below. RootsMagic™. and has custom-printed reports that can go to your word processor for editing. A product of Ancestry. textual biographies. DC 20408. This is the main branch of the National Archives. and many more original records. It’s a way of advertising your work and to find other people working on your surnames. (Basic version is about $30. Website: www. Murphy Federal Center. The two main branches of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) are in the Washington. every item can be converted to the GEDCOM format. Archives I—Reference Branch. and links to spouse. Available for about $30.archives. four Research Centers. or lineage. This facility also houses the Cartographic and Architectural section. and public domain land entry files. 8601 Adelphi Road. The GEDCOM utility in RootsMagic compiles the information faster than any other software system. which describes the nature of the archival materials with the most value to ★ Northeast Region (Pittsfield). a large collection of aerial photographs of the U. This software is probably the easiest to use.archives. federal censuses. Frederick C. 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. and children. and general information about both archives is at the NARA website at www. on microfilm. Both of these facilities have significant records of importance to genealogists.S.. ★ Northeast Region (Boston). As a result. College Park. or source references. and the National Personnel Records Center facilities (indicated with a ✪) have military personnel records and federal employee personnel files. Washington. After the data is entered into a software database. Regional Archives and Other Facilities The National Archives and Records Administration recently reorganized by combining thirteen Regional Archives. plus many other federal records. National Archives and Records Administration. it can be purchased from their site. Waltham. The research centers (indicated with a ✩) have case files from the various federal district courts. The GEDCOM utility included in virtually all genealogical software systems has become the standard method of transferring linked genealogical files between computers. family group.C. plus many other manuscripts.gov. National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration.) The GEDCOM utility built into FTM includes direct submission of files to the OneWorldTree database. Archives II—Reference Branch. Massachusetts. including homesteads. 1790–1930. and two National Personnel Records Center facilities.gov/northeast/boston/index. 8th and Pennsylvania Ave. descendancy. The largest selling software. This section also has drawings from patent applications. 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.. passport applications. Pittsfield. area.S. soundex and printed census indexes. with 65. This can be done with no loss of data.26 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Family Tree Maker™. But the GEDCOM utility has really proven its value as a means of submitting genealogical information to an online database. It has the best layout of a pedigree. SM genealogists.g. MD 20740. N.
Missouri. National Archives and Records Administration. Website: www. Military Records Facility.html ★ Pacific Region (San Francisco).html ✩ Washington National Records Center.archives. Civilian Records Facility. Alaska. Fort Worth.html ★ Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel). Georgia. New York.gov/midatlantic/public/index.gov/centralplains/lees-summit/index. National Archives and Records Administration.Where to Find More • 27 setts.archives.html ★ Southeast Region (Atlanta).archives. Laguna Niguel. Missouri. Maryland. California.archives.html ★ Mid-Atlantic Region (Philadelphia Center City).html ★ Southwest Region (Fort Worth). Dayton.gov/great-lakes/dayton/ index. Website: www. Website: www. National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration. Denver. Website: www.gov/southwest/ index.html ★ Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage).html ✪ National Personnel Records Center.gov/pacific-alaska/ anchorage/index.gov/pacific/ laguna/index. Website: www. Website: www. Website: www.gov/dc-metro/ suitland/index.archives.archives. Colorado. National Archives and Records Administration. Website: www.archives. Lee’s Summit. Website: www.gov/midatlantic/agencies/index. National Archives and Records Administration.html Texas. Website: www. National Archives and Records Administration. Chicago. Ohio. California.html ★ Northeast Region (New York City). National Archives and Records Administration. East Point.html ★ Central Plains Region (Kansas City).gov/pacific-alaska/ seattle/index. Seattle.archives.archives. National Archives and Records Administration.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/ index. Website: www.html ★ Great Lakes Region (Chicago). Philadelphia. San Bruno.gov/rocky-mountain/index.archives.gov/pacific/sanfrancisco/index. archives.gov/southeast/index. Anchorage.html ✪ National Personnel Records Center. Website: www.archives.gov/centralplains/kansas-city/index. Suitland. National Archives and Records Administration.archives.html ★ Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle).gov/northeast/ nyc/index.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/ index. Kansas City.archives. Website: www. Website: www. Washington. Website: www. Website: www.gov/northeast/ pittsfield/index. National Archives and Records Administration. Denver Federal Center. Missouri. National Archives and Records Administration. Saint Louis. Website: www. New York.html ✩ Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast Philadelphia).archives. Philadelphia.html ✩ Central Plains Region (Lee’s Summit).archives.html ✩ Great Lakes Region (Dayton).archives. Saint Louis. National Archives and Records Administration. Website: www.archives. Illinois. Pennsylvania.html ★ Rocky Mountain Region (Denver). National Archives and Records Administration.gov/great-lakes/chicago/ index. . Missouri. Pennsylvania. National Archives and Records Administration.
.28 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogists enjoy the quiet. serene atmosphere of their local library as a place for research.
Every county represented with local records. Juneau. or state archives.us/ibistro/ Alaska State Archives. Alabama.us/ ge. Alabama. us/genealogy/genealogy.al. and societies shown below for each state are listed because of their significance to genealogists. Visit the “Local History and Genealogy” webpage at: www.lib.html# Genealogy Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Alabama.al.bham.state. newspapers. a survey of the local. Birmingham Public Library. libraries.us/hist/publications. Go to the “Genealogy Guide to Resources” webpage: www.htm Alaska Alaska State Library. Since original genealogical references are most often found today in a repository near the place where a person resided. Mobile. county. and family folders. Visit the “Genealogy” webpage at: http:// library. This library houses genealogical and historical sources primarily for Alabama and the Southeast.htm 29 . Montgomery. county. Birmingham.html Mobile Public Library. the resources you need may be in a local. manuscripts of local and family history. or in a library or genealogical society. collections of Baptist and other denominations’ records. maps.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States After surveying the national sources for evidence of your ancestors. Review the types of records accessible here. A brief description of each facility’s collection explains why. so you need to survey the records available at the local repositories. local historical and genealogical periodicals. they don’t have everything. The archives. This is the starting place for research in the earliest Alabama territorial and state records.ak.state.state.edu/topics/genealogy. Includes a good historical collection of early Alaska settlers. and census records. These facilities are the best genealogy resource centers in each state.al. Probably the best collection of published materials for Alabama families. the Irish Historical Collection focusing primarily on counties Cork and Kerry. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: http:// library. Alabama. Excellent genealogy and religious history collections.us/sou/ Samford University Library. Auburn. Alabama.samford.archives.org/lhg.lib.lib. Special Collections & Archives.auburn.mplonline. usually to a “Genealogy Resources” webpage. Websites are given for each facility. Auburn University. Go to the “Genealogy Resources” page at: www.html Draughon Library.ak. A very good genealogy department in its own building. maps. Huntsville. A good collection of books. Juneau Alaska. Although the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a great number of these local records on microfilm. Alabama. Visit the “Genealogists & Historians” webpage at: www.html Alabama Department of Archives and History. marriages. and a starting point for genealogical research in all time periods of Alabama. and state sources comes next. Alaska. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.edu/special/genealogy.archives. periodicals. Birmingham. deeds. Visit the online catalog page at: http://hpl. etc. The order in which they are listed suggests the way a genealogist might visit them for the best results in locating resource materials.
Civil War.lib. Washington. Special Collections. Little Rock.html Arizona The Arizona State Library. The Pacific Northwest and Alaska coverage is outstanding. Included are oral histories..az. With 60 million historic manuscripts. state history. Arizona. and genealogy. and original statewide birth and death records. Visit their Main Page at: www. newspapers.uark. Visit the webpage for “Collections” and “Digital Collections” at: http://bancroft. Includes a collection of microfilm for all county vital records. Berkeley. A very good genealogy collection and one of the largest Family History Centers in America. Review the resources at the Main Page: www. us/is/genealogy/index. probates. scrapbooks. folklore.com/ California Bancroft Library. personal papers. black history. check out the Arizona Biographical Database available online at www. California.berkeley. Tennessee. Go to the “Historical Manuscripts and Photographs” webpage at: www. University of California. This library may have as many materials relating to Alaska as any repository in Alaska.cfm Carl Hayden Archives.edu/lib/ archives/arizona.us/Bio/index. business records.edu/specialcollections/ findingaids/indexnew. Seattle. Also. Arkansas.washington. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Phoenix. miners. Has two divisions with significant genealogy collections: Arizona Law and Research Library Division (the State Library). Visit the “California Genealogy Resources” webpage . diaries. plus the entire South. 1846– 1986). Visit the “Arizona Collection” webpage at: www. Phoenix.az. Mesa. 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. org California State Library. Arkansas.edu/library/apr/manuscripts. Arizona. Tempe. Many published materials relating to Arizona history. Arizona.edu/ collections/ Arizona History and Archives Division (the State Archives).lib.30 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Rasmuson Library. Old Washington Historic State Park. Archives and Public Records. deeds.us/archives/. and religions.html Arkansas Arkansas History Commission Archives. Visit the webpage for the “Pacific Northwest Collection” at: www.uaf. etc. Visit their main webpage at: www. early trails. This library has more historical material about western North America than any other facility. Fayetteville. Arkansas Collection. Go to “Finding Aids to the Manuscript Collections” at: http://libinfo. A very active group of genealogists who are always willing to help people looking for Alaska ancestors. Locate county records.org/ Research. University of Alaska— Fairbanks. Phoenix. the largest genealogical index in the state (the California Information File. Arizona. Ozarks. manuscripts. Genealogists are well-treated at this facility. Special Collections.lib. Alaska. University of Washington. the Bancroft Collection is outstanding for early settlers. etc. California. as well as family histories and many other genealogical records. Visit their website at: http://anchoragegenealogy. Washington. This is a one-stop place for research in Arkansas. Holdings include a great newspaper collection for California cities. Sacramento. Fairbanks.cfm Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives of the Arkansas History Commission. Arizona State University. Arkansas. Go to the Main Page at: www. histories.az. Arizona. edu/specialcoll/collections/pnw/ Anchorage Genealogical Society. Ozarks history.lib. and Georgia en-route to Texas.mesarfhc. Although its specialty is Southwest Arkansas. and newspaper clippings. Many early records not at Little Rock are at this regional facility for early Arkansas people.htm University of Arkansas Library.asu. stagecoaches.southwestarchives. church records.htm Mesa Arizona Regional Family History Center.ark-ives. Go to the “Genealogy Collection” webpage at: www.com/ Suzzallo Library.
Sutro is the place for genealogical research in northern California. A branch of the California State Library with an excellent genealogy and local history collection.godfrey. Go to the State Library’s Main Page at www. miners.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 31 at: www.coloradohistory. manuscripts. journals. Colorado. Great genealogy collection.000 genealogies. Of the records that exist for the earliest southern Connecticut towns. Visit the “History/Genealogy” webpage at: www. Stephen H. Town records. Connecticut.org/index.edu/mssa Colorado Colorado State Archives. diaries. and manuscripts. and churches.library. Middletown. Visit their Main Page at: www. Home Page: www. Yale University. including more than 10.” go to the University Libraries Archives webpage at: http://ucblibraries. Wagon trains. History and Genealogy Department. Library Archives.yale. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.html Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library.000 volumes. and more. Boulder. A very good Colorado collection. Colorado.lib. farmers. New Haven.org Sterling Memorial Library. Home Page: www. Puritans and Congregational Church records. early statehood. One of the largest LDS Family History Centers in America. military. Hartford. early lawmen.lib. Open to the public.com/ California Genealogical Society and Library. San Francisco. Los Angeles.library. See page 22 for other features. and county records statewide. A family name index to the collection is available through the databases link on the library Home Page.calgensoc.us and click on “Main Catalog.lapl.gov/html/CalHist/cal_ Genealogy. New Haven.htm Connecticut State Library. homesteaders. Territorial.htm Denver Public Library. several interest groups.us/whg/index. and shepherds. journals.gov/ dpa/doit/archives Colorado Historical Society. 6th Edition. early settlers.org/library/ geneal. Compilers of the American Genealogical and Biographical Index. Connecticut. Go to the Main Page at: www. This is a library with over 8 million titles. Time Span or Record Type.org/web/cgs/cgshp. cowboys.colorado.larfhc.” located at: www.html Connecticut Connecticut Historical Society.htm New Haven Colony Historical Society. California. Connecticut. County. stage lines.scgsgenealogy. Go to “Search the Historical Records Database by Name. and New England history. Denver. California. A great genealogy collection.colorado. books. California. A very active club. To see a 155page index to the names. Hart Library. California. miners. 2005. The Western Historical Collection has newspapers.org/chs_library/ library. Los Angeles Regional Family History Center. entitled “A Guide to the Manuscript Collections. this library has the best collection. New Haven.org/handg. families. nsf?Open University of Colorado. Colorado.ca. Godfrey Memorial Library.cfm early land grants. cattle trails. biographies.co. and more.org Los Angeles Public Library. places. Go to their Main Page at: www. Burbank.chs. Connecticut. edu/archives/index.htm . For a complete review of the materials available go to the “History and Genealogy” webpage at: www. Go to the “Western History/Genealogy Department” Home Page at: www.htm The Sutro Library. and an outstanding library with a great genealogical collection for California and the rest of the country. heavy on early California people. Denver. More than 40. Go to the library page to review the materials available: http://nhchs. Colorado.state. The State Library’s online catalog is the place to find resources statewide. Los Angeles.denver.org/central/history. Denver. outlaws. Connecticut. early settlers.cslib.ca.” Check also “Electronic Resources” for the types of databases online. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. diaries. Hartford. California. Oakland. The “Manuscripts and Archives” webpage is at: www. Connecticut. Manuscripts.
Cleveland.state.edu/ud/spec/findaids/index. Go to the “Family History & Genealogy” page at: www.fl. or extracts and indexes to county records such as births. Delaware. and genealogies. Ohio. Dover.de. shtml Historical Society of Delaware. and historical documents. biographies. histories. go to the “Delaware Genealogy” webpage at: www. and Delaware. Florida. Newark. Visit their website at: www. Thomas Jefferson Building.html Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library.mdhs. For a review of the genealogy holdings. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Scotch-Irish.asp University of Delaware Library.C. Original records of early Quakers. Germans. plus many lineages submitted by DAR members. The collection excels in American Revolution. newspapers.C. the Archives has the original 1935 and 1945 Florida state censuses. church records. Florida State Division of Libraries and Information Services).C.org explore/library/FindGenealogicalManuscripts. abolitionism. Delaware. including a searchable Probate Records Database online. Good coverage of colonial records for every hundred and every county. Daughters of the American Revolution). See “How to Find Genealogical Manuscripts” at: www. Delaware. Philadelphia.org/ Do_Research/collections. all counties represented. Tallahassee.state. Hall of Records.C. The main card catalog is the key .cfm Delaware Delaware State Archives. An excellent genealogical collection and the place to start looking for Florida people.archives. Historical Society of Washington. wills and administrations. As an example of genealogical sources found here.loc. Includes colonial records. “Manuscript and Archival Collections” webpage at: www.gov. records. Pennsylvania.hsd.lib. and Shakers. R. visit the “Local History & Genealogy Reading Room” webpage at: www.gov/ and gives anyone access to the huge collection of books.wrhs. Cleveland history. most researchers would never know they exist. black and ethnic.us/barm/collections. and other colonial settlers in Penn’s colonies. D. Washington. For A Guide to Research in the Historical Society of Delaware Research Library. newspapers. These unique censuses can be found nowhere outside of Florida. (FHL missed these state censuses. html#genie District of Columbia National Archives I and National Archives II.udel.32 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Western Reserve Historical Society Library. Gray Building. deeds. including grave locations of Revolutionary soldiers.citymuseumdc. org/library/template. The Western Reserve was a region of Ohio settled by refugees of the Revolutionary War from the State of Connecticut. slavery. New Jersey. indexes to all burials in a particular cemetery.aspx?id=122 Florida Florida State Archives (Bureau of Archives and Records Management. Maryland.dos.org/ library/onlinlib. Another set of records similar to the State Archives. much like the state archives in any state.us/sos/dpa/collections/collections. D. Go to the Special Collections Department. D. A good place to locate early settlers in Pennsylvania. including periodicals. Go to the “Public/Finding Aids” page for a list of databases: www. (See page 26 www. deaths. A research center for the District of Columbia. Online catalog: www. Research Library. Local History & Genealogy Reading Room. maps. family Bibles. and without visiting the Archives’ website. D.) The Library of Congress. Washington. An online catalog search is available at www. Wilmington.gov/rr/genealogy/ DAR Library (National Society. Baltimore. The resources in this library are unmatched by any other library in the world. and state records.htm Kiplinger Research Library.asp?id=148 to locating book titles on any subject.dar.htm Maryland Historical Society Library. A.) Go to the “Collections” webpage for a review of the Genealogical Collection: http://dlis. marriages.loc. Many unpublished manuscripts.org/default.hsp. Missing Washington. Civil War.org/ gengd. manuscripts.
For links to bibliographies.fl. Drop your names of interest at their website: http://members. Georgia. county records.htm St. Florida. K. borderlands.us/Locations/MainLibrary/DRI/ genealogy.com/~CowetaGS/ Hawaii Hawaii State Archives. and early Anglos in Hawaii. Yonge Library of Florida History. Florida.byuh.ga. immigration records from 1900. Florida.gov/hidocs/ Georgia Historical Society Library. Athens. African-American resources. State government records. Review the “Special Collections” webpage at: http://library.co. newspapers. visit the “Hawaii & Pacific Section” at: www. A good genealogy collection. An excellent collection of materials relating to the first east coast Florida colonists. both accessible by name. Augustine Historical Society.lib. county records. family histories. Go to the “Archives & Special Collections” webpage at: http:// w2. best Florida newspaper archives. title.org/library.uflib.ufl. Georgia. Largest overall genealogy reference library in the state.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 33 Orlando Public Library. go to the “Welcome to the Research Library”: www.uwf. Hawaii. Orlando.lib.S.staugustine historicalsociety.lib.tripod.georgiahistory. Honolulu. University of Hawaii.hawaii. Georgia. biographies. o r g / w h a t _ d o _ w e _ have/default.hawaii. Good coverage of American genealogical sources as well as Florida. Spanish colonial records. hawaii. This is the place to locate early Georgia people. Japan. e d u / s p e c i a l _ c o l l e c t i o n s / index.ocls. and Captain James Cook collection. Hawaii Campus. Review the resources at their webpage: www. documents center. subject. Laie. University of Florida Libraries.htm Georgia Georgia Archives. Honolulu.html Joseph F. Visit the GHS “Library and Archives” webpage at: www.htm Hawaii State Library. University of West Florida. Pacific Islanders. Focus on Hawaii. u g a . Middle Georgia Regional Library System. For a brief description of the types of records they hold.lib. whalers. bibb.edu/webvoy. Brigham Young University. For references to early Georgia settlers this is the largest manuscript collection in the state.edu/ P.com/ Lib_and_Archives. and more. Hawaii. Hawaii. and Asians. Go to: w w w.edu/library/archives/index. Gainesville. St. Morrow. Iolani Palace Grounds. Macon. Good genealogy collection. newspapers. Visit the Yonge Library webpage at: www. Florida.shtml Pace Library. at this webpage: http:// bishopmuseumlib. Smith Library. Grantville. Georgia histories.html Hamilton Library. This is the starting place for locating references to the earliest Florida people (the Florida Panhandle settlers). newspapers. Online catalog: http://uhmanoa. Go to the “Genealogy Collection” webpage at: www. and deaths dating back to 1594. Go to the library catalog or archives catalog. and local history.us/library/GH.htm University of Georgia Library. family records. g e o r g i a a r c h i v e s . Hawaii.edu/Special Collections/index. An excellent genealogy research facility. Hawaii government collection. Nearly as many genealogical resources as the Atlanta archives. marriages. Pacific Islands. The library’s “Special Collections” webpage describes the manuscripts and also leads to The Digital Library of Georgia. Hawaii. Best collection of Family Group Sheets for all of Georgia. Georgia. One of the best library collections in the state for genealogy. plus county Bishop Museum Library & Archives. Good place for locating early Hawaiians.hawaii.shtml Washington Memorial Library. and yearbooks. Go to the “What Do We Have?” webpage at: w w w. Savannah. Online catalog: http://statearchives. U. Georgia. Honolulu. Augustine. Mariners. county histories. Honolulu. the earliest church transcripts in America. Includes Spanish parish records of births.edu/ .asp?bhcp=1 histories. Orange County Library System.html Coweta County Genealogical Society and Historical Research Center. Pensacola. l i b s . Research Library. newspaper indexes.edu/spec/pkyonge/ index. and more.
Indiana. Illinois. Go to “Illinois History Collections. Indexed vital records. For links to County Records on Microfilm and Idaho Naturalization Records. and an excellent county history collection (see page 22 for details). family folders. genealogies. Urbana. newspapers. and oral histories.html Indiana State Archives. Indiana University. farmers’ registers—another archives for Illinois. Springfield.html .lib. Chicago. civil court case files.lib. Idaho. Fort Wayne. great indexes. Best Indiana genealogy resource center.in.htm Indiana Indiana State Library.illinoishistory.acpl.idahohistory. One of the leading research libraries in the world. BYU-I is responsible for the Western States Historical Marriage Records Index. Lithuanian. canals. early Indiana.gov/icpr/ archives/family/ Lilly Library. A larger collection for outside of Indiana than for Indiana itself. British. Moscow. Genealogy Division. ranchers.” a webpage with a very large alphabetical index to names. Go to: http://www.newberry. Indiana. Check out the genealogical research that can be accomplished online at the “Online Databases” webpage. county records. available online. Archives Building. Indiana. State censuses.34 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Idaho Idaho History Center (Idaho State Historical Society. Indianapolis.indiana. Boise.edu/ihx/collectionsindex. See also the online databases: Idaho State Death Index 1911–1951 and Eastern Idaho Death Records. “Historical Genealogy” webpage: www. Mormons. this is a library of national significance. PreChicago fire records. genealogies.org/library/ Illinois Illinois State Archives. Indianapolis. Original records from all Indiana counties. Indiana. McKay Library. county records.edu/ ~liblilly/collections. Books.com/departments/archives/data bases. Excellent reference library for locating Illinois people. probates.in.htm David O. and one with an aggressive program to index local records as online databases.in. Check out the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. and outstanding finding aids online. Illinois.us/WWW/isl/whoweare/genealogy.edu/special-collections/sc-desc. histories. maps. This is the site of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.net/library_ webpage: services. Illinois. early settlers.html#anchor58337 Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. with the largest collection of genealogical periodicals in the U. with a genealogical focus on the Midwest. Old State Capitol. Indianapolis. To access these databases visit the “Genealogy Division” webpage at: www.html University of Idaho Library.indiana history.shtml The Newberry Library. newspapers. go directly to the “Researcher Services” www. Go to the “William Henry Smith Memorial Library” webpage at: www. Go to the “Family History” webpage at: www. Historical collection heavy on pioneer settlements. Go to the “Special Collections & Family History” webpage at: http:// abish. biographies. births. Bloomington. org/genealogy/collections. gov/lib/ishlgen. library.cyber driveillinois. Great collection. farmers. Idaho.cfm University of Illinois Library. railroads. German. Rexburg.htm Indiana Historical Society Library. Illinois. marriages. Idaho.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/ index. deaths. biographies. subjects. Visit “The Collections” webpage for access: www. Springfield. lib. County histories. Go to the “Genealogy at the Newberry Library” webpage at: www.us/genealogy/ index. Polish. Indiana. Rare book library. and more) at the State Archives website.html Allen County Public Library. Brigham Young University—Idaho. Library and Archives). County records. Manuscripts. and more.uiuc. Mountain men. manuscripts: www. Go to the “Special Collections & Archives” webpage at: www.statelib. uidaho. County and state records. The State Archives and the Illinois State Genealogical Society have joined forces to provide online indexes (veterans.S.
Pre-Civil War records for Kansas are excellent. Best for original manuscripts for early Kentucky history. county indexes. Frankfort.org/about/library.html Marshalltown Public Library. The library has special collections relating to Ohio River traffic. Iowa.gov/collections. newspapers. Louisville. Primary records. genealogies. Kansas Collection. Des Moines. periodicals. Iowa City.rileycgs. and more. printed genealogies. early Indiana. county records. If you own a library card from this library you are allowed remote access to the HeritageQuest Online databases. government. periodicals. Kentucky. Go to the “Kansas Collection” webpage at: http://spencer.org/genealogists/index. migrations. Go to the “Genealogists” webpage at: www. Frankfort. One of the largest and most active genealogical societies in America.org/who_we/ HansLib. Publisher of county records. Iowa. Iowa. business. Earliest settlers in Kansas well documented in obituaries. many not in Indianapolis. lib. This is an outstanding collection of Iowa materials. Visit their website at: www. This is the place to start locating Kansas ancestors. Best collection of family folders and genealogical periodicals in Kansas. Dodge City. and a wealth of historical Grout Museum of History and Science Library. histories. Visit their website at: www. railroads. A good starting point to locate Kentucky ancestors.us/iowahistory/library/library_ offers/library_offers.org/ Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Marshalltown. Library Archives Bureau. Waterloo. books. and more. Start at the “Lewis Library” webpage at: www. Kansas.state.ku.edu/kc/ State Historical Society of Iowa—Iowa City. html Riley County Genealogical Society Library. city directories. Indiana.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 35 Lewis Historical Collection Library. Chryst Library/Archives” webpage at: www. Kansas. Go to the “Research Databases” webpage at: http://catalog. Visit the “What the Research Libraries Offer” webpage at: www.vinu. Filson Historical Society. genealogies. Family folders. family folders.ia. Library Archives Bureau. biographies. Genealogy.kshs. For details go to the “Hans J. University of Kansas. with county chapters statewide. maps. Des Moines. htm Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa—Des Moines. pioneers.aspx Kansas Kansas State Historical Society. Capitol Complex.ky. Vincennes. Newspapers.edu/AcademicResources/Shake Library/lewislib. Kansas. Go to the “Information & Computers” webpage (Genealogy) at: www. Original Kentucky state and county records. DAR collection. A great collection. Like another archives for Kentucky. Manuscripts. manuscripts. steamboats. manuscripts.kyhistory.org/info-computers/ #genealogy .groutmuseumdistrict.dodgecity. railroads. Kentucky. Microfilm of state records. Iowa Genealogical Society Library. Visit their website at: www.com/ Kentucky Kentucky Historical Society Library. and more. Native Americans.kdla. Vincennes University. Not a repeat of Des Moines. The Iowa City branch is served by the same website as the Des Moines branch (see above). Iowa. histories.iowagenealogy.net/kgs/ Spencer Research Library. Center for Historical Research. Topeka. Good genealogy and local history collection for the Cedar Valley of Iowa. Largest collection of family folders in Kentucky. cemeteries.marshalltownlibrary. including genealogy. indexes. Lawrence. newspapers. and more. Every known printed Kentucky history and genealogy. Old Statehouse. land records. Manhattan. Kansas.html Kansas Genealogical Society Library.htm Filson Library. Go to the “Collections Overview” webpage at: www. biographies. Iowa. Kentucky. genealogies. Many newspapers.
Baton Rouge. Confederate soldiers.state.mdarchives. Acadians. county records. The Home Page at their website has links to downloadable databases. Portland. Refer to the “Researching Your Family’s History at the Massachusetts Archives” webpage. oral history. New Orleans. Go to the “Genealogy Resource Materials” webpage at: www.uky. New Orleans. and other indexes.htm Margaret I. special collections. counties. Records for all Louisiana parishes. army. genealogies. online archives.htm Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Maine. Special Collections. For links to the library. Office of Adjutant General. us/msa/homepage/html/search. many of the records up to 1820 can be found in the Massachusetts Archives.la. University of Kentucky. early settlers.org/gen_over view. and government documents. Augusta.umaine. Maine. and business records are included in the major indexes. Maryland. Tulane University. 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. fisheries. History. Maryland. Newspapers.edu/ library/tip/genealogy. Appalachian collection. For a review of the resources go to: www.edu/resources. and much more.org/library.mainehistory.md. Like another state archives.edu/cgi-bin/dynamo?maps.wku. Louisiana. newspapers.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Library. New Orleans Public Library.edu/ Maryland Maryland State Archives.htm Maine Historical Society Library. This is the premier resource center for locating early Maryland settlers. ships and shippers. Annapolis. go to the “Search the Archives” webpage at: www. immigration records. Indians.gov/msl/services/reference/gen_ resources.36 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE materials for the Upper Ohio Valley. Great collection for genealogists. Louisiana. rivers. which includes “Papers on Maine”: www. Go to the “Margaret I. land records.ngb. and a national list of applicants for membership in the United Confederate Veterans after the Civil War. maps. A good genealogical collection. towns. Bowling Green.us/ARCHIVES/archives/ archives-library.html Kentucky Library. Baltimore. Kentucky. and Shakers. church records.library. Go to the “Genealogy and Family History Research at MHS” webpage at: www. and much more.ma. Maine. Special Collections and Archives. genealogy.html Maine Maine State Archives. biographies.state. Jackson Barracks. University of Maine. Original records from all Maine counties and towns. Go to: www. family. Louisiana.state. Excellent collections of early Maine settlers.shtml Louisiana Division & City Archives. and historical manuscripts relating to Kentucky. Kentucky. newspapers.org/guides/ genguide/gguide4. Over 130 indexes to Maryland deeds. A great repository for historical resources.maine. Go to the “Welcome to Special Collections” webpage at: http:// specialcollections. and research guides. Go to the “Unique Fogler Library Collections” webpage at: www. Visit the “Louisiana State Archives Research Library” webpage for a good description of the types of records available: www. King Library” webpage at: http:// ukcc.sec. Western Kentucky University.391+ campus+0039 Louisiana Louisiana State Archives Research Library. Large genealogi- . oral history. King Library.html Jackson Barracks Military Library. Massachusetts.htm Maryland Historical Society. Orono. early settlers.mil/dmh/jbml_about.filsonhistorical. including southern history.S. War of 1812 soldiers through World War I. Since Maine was formerly part of Massachusetts. Lexington. Augusta. early militia lists. Louisiana.la. Boston. online indexes.us/arc/ arcgen/genidx. New Orleans.tulane. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.maine.htm Massachusetts Archives of the Commonwealth. Great surname indexes. boundaries.sec. Visit their website at: www.htm Fogler Library. U. Maine.
The library’s catalog is online. original town records.haverhillpl.gov/hal/0. Detroit. not repeats of materials at other repositories. Family Bibles. and original materials. University of Michigan.ma. The best overall genealogical collection for New England families. Go to the “Library Collections” webpage at: www.bpl. deeds.htm Massachusetts Massachusetts Archives of the Commonwealth. Its collection of New England source materials is larger than several better known New England repositories. A collection of New England genealogies. An excellent collection of historical materials.html alone there are over 18.us/burton/burton_index.newenglandancestors.280 lineal feet (one mile) of manuscripts.org/research/socsci/genealogy. An excellent Michigan local history and genealogy department. Boston. Massachusetts. genealogies. Worcester. Go to the “Genealogy and Family History Resources” webpage at: www.state.1607. Go to the “History. town histories. etc. town and county histories.org/ library_collections/ Michigan Library of Michigan. For a description of the genealogical materials go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.org Massachusetts Historical Society Library. Every county of Michigan represented with vitals. Go to the “Guide to Conducting Genealogical Research in the Maryland Department” webpage at: www.umich. books. The name of virtually every immigrant to New England during the colonial period can be found here.000 bound volumes of newspapers from 1704 to 1820. Excellent collection of local. Michigan. Most records are unique. Massachusetts. published histories. Go to the “Bentley Historical Library—Genealogy” webpage at: www. Lansing. The size of this library’s genealogical collection ranks with the best in New England.epfl. Go to “Researching Your Family’s History at the Massachusetts Archives” webpage: www. probates. Baltimore. Unpublished manuscripts.org/ genealogy. Maryland. many are unpublished genealogies of New England families. Visit their Home Page at: www. This library is best known for its outstanding newspaper collection. mi. Go to the “Burton Historical Collection” webpage at: www.net/ slrc/md/genresearch.us/arc/arcgen/ genidx.michigan.lib. Michigan.edu/~bhl/bhl/refhome/ genie. Bentley Historical Library. One of the best genealogy libraries in the country. 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. Boston. newspapers. Michigan.detroit.mdhs. html Enoch Pratt Free Library. Burton Historical Collection.S. Boston.masshist. Biography. biographies. representing the single largest collection of extant American newspapers for that period.americanantiquarian. ranging from children’s books to poetry. travel. htm American Antiquarian Society Library. Maryland Department. and genealogies. Arts. and Libraries” webpage at: www. Michigan. and more.htm . county. Boston. htm New England Historic Genealogical Society Library. See “How to Find Genealogical Manuscripts” at: www. 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. newspapers.htm Haverhill Public Library.org/Departments/special. with great indexes. Massachusetts. Detroit Public Library. and state books and records.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 37 cal collection for Maryland. New England city directories. Use this same site to access the State Archives of Michigan. genealogies. Haverhill. genealogies. Home of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research.S.html.7-16017449_18635---. The library shelves contain over 5.htm Boston Public Library. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. Massachusetts.org/ explore/library/FindGenealogicalManuscripts. Massachusetts.sec. Massachusetts. For the U.00. In total. Ann Arbor. newspapers. Lansing..
Go to the “Special Collections & Rare Books” webpage at: http://special. A great list of resources.umsystem. and cemetery indexes. and it is now an important genealogical research library. Kansas City. biographies. Good genealogy library. Visit the “The Local History Guide—Genealogy” webpage at: www. state. Louis. Aberdeen. A recent partnership with the National Genealogical Society added over 20.mohistory. Minneapolis.org/ genealogy/index. but this is an outstanding regional library for the Deep South. St. Archives and Library Division. logging. Mississippi State University. Paul.ms. online databases. Visit the “Family History” webpage at: www. sos.38 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society.lib. umn. Like another state archives for Minnesota. and newspapers. This facility is “userfriendly” to genealogists. St.stcloud state. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www.kclibrary. and genealogies. Books. University of Minnesota. oral history. But the catalog webpage also has direct links to “Additional Research Tools” such as online biography.htm .org/ content/Libraryandresearch/OlderCollections. aspx Mississippi Mississippi State Department of Archives and History.edu/depts/general_library/ Andersen Library. Columbia. Minnesota State University— Mankato. Special Collections.org/guides/ localhistory/index. Cloud.html Kansas City Public Library. Special Collections.edu/lib/archives/archives.mo. Mississippi. Missouri. Missouri. plus many other records relating to people who came through Missouri via Illinois. Great genealogy collection. court cases. lib. Missouri Valley Room.mnsu. Mississippi. St. html Evans Memorial Library. An excellent collection of Mississippi records. Minnesota. histories. Missouri. University. All Missouri counties represented with microfilm of original county records. Go to the “University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center” webpage at: www.slcl.html Missouri Historical Society. and guides to using the collections is at the “Research Room” webpage at: www. biographies. Minnesota. Jefferson City. Missouri. St.mnhs. Special Collections. with many Mississippi references.olemiss. Library and Archives. Louis. maps. Search by subject or name in the online catalog at: www. Use the online catalog at: http://mnpals. Go to the “Special Collec- St.ms.us/evans/collections/genealogical. An excellent collection of early Missouri records. University of Missouri-Columbia. Good genealogy collection. Minnesota. msstate. Go to http://zed.mdah. Cloud State University. Jackson. Visit the “Local History & Genealogy” webpage at: www. A very good genealogy collection for Missouri. original state censuses.gov/archives/resources/resources.org/ branches/hq/sc/sc-genpg. The library’s website does not mention items outside of Monroe County and Aberdeen.asp Central Minnesota Historical Center Library. Mississippi State.tombigbee.cfm?article=read&article ID=162 Mitchell Memorial Library.edu/shs/Genealogyguides. but the university website provides only an address for it.000 volumes to this library. St. Go to the “Missouri Genealogical & Historical Research Guides” webpage at: www.edu/content/templates/?a=118&z=37 University of Mississippi Library. Special Collections.us/F?func=find-b-0 State Historical Society of Missouri Library. All Mississippi counties represented with original records.lib.edu/rare/ Missouri Missouri State Archives.htm tions” Department webpage at: http://library. located at Ellis Library. Missouri. Mankato. Mississippi. Mississippi. Louis County Library. manuscripts. Minnesota.edu/F?func=file&file_name=basic Southern Minnesota Historical Center. Go to the “Collections” webpage for a review of materials available: www. To find them you must be specific to a place or surname in a catalog search.
Montana.unr. and names.html Montana Montana Historical Society Library and Archives.edu/ libr/libs/spec Omaha Public Library.berkeley. Nebraska. Go to the “Selected Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www.lib. Like a second state archives. oral histories. A description of the Special Collections section is at: www. names. ne. Helena. including every-name indexes to Nevada’s federal censuses.nebraskahistory. Go to the “Genealogy and Local History Resources” webpage at: www. Missouri.mt. and state prison files. University of California. California. Department of Reference Services. Independence.htm Nevada Historical Society. Montana.clan. 20th-century Russians. and more. all soundex and printed census indexes. miners.html Love Memorial Library.us/genlh/ tion of the Special Collections is at: www.edu/specoll/geninfo. A brief descrip- Bancroft Library. Reno. Visit the webpage for “Collections” and “Digital Collections” at: http://bancroft. Special Collections. newspapers.htm Gretchell Library. Nevada. Access to catalog through Home Page: www. A good genealogy collection for early Montana people.org/aboutus/locations/gen. Nevada. Bozeman. A good genealogy collection.lib. Go to the “Collections” webpage at: www.omaha publiclibrary. This library has substantial historical material about Nevada and other western states. early trails. Montana.us/ Nevada Nevada State Library and Archives.lib. Search the online catalog for subjects.mo. This library has a complete set of all microfilmed federal censuses.gi. but access to the manuscripts must be done through the library’s online catalog.cgi? DB=local&PAGE=First Montana State University Library. Missoula.clan. With 60 million historic manuscripts.org/lib-arch/services/ refrence/la_pubs/guide1.north-platte. Special Collections. 1860–1920. Original county records. Grand Island.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.us/ Edith Abbott Memorial Library. folklore. Yellowstone Park. military history. Omaha.library.us/docs/MUSEUMS/reno/msscoll. stagecoaches. North Platte.html Nebraska Nebraska State Historical Society Library. A good genealogy collection. Visit their webpage at: http://dmla.state. Nebraska. range cattle industry. and more.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 39 Mid-Continent Public Library. The best collection of genealogical materials in the state. Reno. but a keyword search is useful: http:// catalog. Lincoln. A good genealogy collection. You will need to use the online catalog to find titles. newspapers.ci. Search the online catalog at: http://catalog. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. University of Nevada—Reno.his. Through the Department of Cultural Affairs. the Archives is providing online indexes.mcpl.nv. Part of the state of Nevada’s Department of Cultural Affairs. the Bancroft Collection is outstanding for early settlers. Nebraska. Go to “A Guide to Genealogical Research at the Nebraska State Historical Society” at: www.umt. Special Collections. asp North Platte Public Library. Go to the “Discover Nevada History” webpage at: http:// dmla. etc. A good genealogy collection.us/research/library/collections. Nebraska. lib. A good genealogy collection.nv.us/docs/nsla/archives/history/ ordinary_people. Latvians. and more.htm University of Montana Library. North Independence Branch. and plains materials.ne.lib.montana. Nebraska. subjects.edu/ instruct/guides/genealogy. University of Nebraska.unl. Carson City. Genealogy Department. and links to biographical indexes and marriage indexes. Special Collections. An excellent collection of Montana history. Nevada. George Armstrong Custer. histories. Berkeley. plus special collections on Czechoslovakians.lib. Many manuscripts and histories not in Nebraska State Historical Society. Museum-Research Library. Lincoln. 1790–1930.edu/collections . and a great genealogy collection.
books. Go to the “Genealogical Resources” webpage at: www.unm. A good collection of genealogical materials. The collection is as large as the State Archives. State Records Center and Archives). New Mexico. The largest genealogical collection in the state. Go to: www. Go to the “Special Collections Library” webpage: www.shtml New Hampshire State Archives.html New Mexico New Mexico State Archives (Archives and Historical Services Division. Go to the “Tracing Your Ancestors: Genealogy” webpage at: www. New Brunswick. museumofnewmexico. Special Collections Library. newspapers. newspapers. New Hampshire. state. manuscripts. Virtually every published history and genealogy for New Hampshire. Original territorial. genealogies. New York. census.htm New England Historic Genealogical Society Library. family folders. and original materials.html Museum of New Mexico. and specialized indexes to records. New Jersey biographies. Best collection of original county records from colonial period to today. Albuquerque. photo archives. University of New Mexico. New Mexico. Concord. New Jersey. state. New Jersey.jerseyhistory. New Jersey.nh. New Jersey. History Library. New Hampshire Historical Society. Manuscripts. Albany.state.html Alexander Library. Newark.sos.state. provincial deeds. and town records. Princeton.libraries. Go to the “Tuck Library” webpage at: www. 1640–1770. Concord. and more.gov/ archives/genealogy. Concord.html New Jersey State Library. Special Collections and Archives. New Mexico.40 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE New Hampshire Tuck Library. Native Indians. Town and county histories. Go to the “Department and Collections” webpage at: www. Visit their Home Page at: www.edu/cswr/ New Jersey Historical Society Library. Boston. censuses. rare books. New Mexico.rutgers. and early Anglo records.gov/ nhsl/history/index. histories. Original colonial. historic maps. Rutgers University. plus histories.nh.org/genealogy. early Mexican. This facility has nearly as much genealogical and biographical material as the State Library.php The Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections.html Harvey S. and more. Visit the “Researching Your Family at the New Hampshire State Archives” webpage at: www. Clearly the best genealogy collection in the state. Visit the “Genealogy & Local History Collection” webpage at: www.org Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Library System. The best overall genealogical collection for New England families. church records.us/archives/ancestors. heavy on Spanish. Bibles. and Western Americana Collections.edu/ rul/libs/scua/genealogy/genealogy. Princeton University. Go to the “Genealogists’ Guide” webpage at: www. Special Collections. Go to their webpage at: http:// elibrary. Albuquerque. Original town and state records. biographies.html New Jersey New Jersey State Archives. Large manuscript collection.nmcpr. and vital records.org/library.nhhistory. censuses. genealogies. Unpublished manuscripts.nj. militia.gov/library/specol. and county records. maps. Santa Fe. ge- . Cultural Center.cabq. Genealogical resources are in the rare books. Santa Fe. colonial Spanish and Mexican papers.edu/rbsc/ department/ New Hampshire State Library.nm. broadsides. New Hampshire. Manuscript collection is huge. county.newenglandancestors. New Hampshire.html New York New York State Archives.njstatelib. Firestone Library.us/state/ darm/links/webcat/county.org/Collections_and_Services/ Genealogy/index. Go to the “History and Genealogy Section” webpage at: www. New Jersey.princeton. Trenton. maps. Many are unpublished genealogies of New England families. Massachusetts. Trenton.org/libraries. Visit the “County Government Records” webpage at: www.
Fonda. biographies. They estimate over 10. North Carolina.dcr. Duke University. A very large family folder collection and an extensive genealogical collection. New York.htm .htm New York Public Library. the records in this facility are unique.lib. and genealogies. Irish in America.newyorkfamilyhistory. php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=10 North Carolina North Carolina State Archives. New York. Go to the “Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection” webpage at: www. plus it has newspapers. and much more. Chapel Hill. Raleigh.edu/ncc/genealogy. New York.org/research/chss/lhg/research.html Perkins Library.albanycounty. Many original census records were transferred to this facility from the National Archives. Cultural Center. As an early New York county which covered much of upstate New York. with biographies.nyhistory. Go to the “NYG&B Library” webpage at: www. A great collection of published genealogical resources. North Carolina.edu/reference/subjects/ genealogy/guide.lib. Access the online catalog at: http:// luceweb. North Carolina history. Go to the “Genealogical Research in North Carolina” webpage at: http://statelibrary. For western New York and a large part of northwestern Pennsylvania. Genealogy and local history collection is one of the best in the U. In the same building as the State Archives. and much more for both colonial and federal eras. Visit their website for detailed information about the resources available: www.edu/library/ArchivesSpecial Collections/tabid/85/Default. Wilson Library. New York. the Holland Land Company granted patents of land to individuals from 1789– 1835. Old Courthouse.ah. Go to the “Types of Records Available at the North Carolina State Archives” webpage at: www. Raleigh.000 folders.nysed. this facility has indexes to original records from the early 1600s. Revolutionary War soldiers’ papers. Syracuse.dcr. New York. North Carolina. Featuring tax records.state. Durham. county records.htm New-York Historical Society Library. 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).amsterdam-ny.org/modules. Visit the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.us/iss/ gr/genealog.state.gov/a/ researchroom/rr_family. and more. periodicals. Perhaps the largest historical manuscript collection in the South.htm North Carolina Collection.nc. a collection so large the Archives has not been able to catalog it all.S. Visit their website at: www.nysed. Local history and Seneca Indians databases are here as well.nysl. New York. New York. Albany.gov/gengen. journals. Original manuscripts of county court records from all counties. University of North Carolina. and many manuscripts. New York.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 41 nealogies. Visit the “Archives & Special Collections” webpage to access these collections at: http://ww3. Archives & Special Collections.org/luceweb/ Albany County Hall of Records.org/research_center.fredonia.duke. Bible records.html Reed Library. Visit the “Research Center Holdings” webpage at: www. Operated by the Albany County Clerk’s office and the City of Albany.nypl. North Carolina. and sundry colonial records. this facility has an outstanding collection of books. Go to the “Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library” webpage at: www. us/archives/records. town and village records..unc. histories.aspx New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Library. New York.com/achor/ Montgomery County Department of History & Archives Library. New York. manuscripts. Albany. Many of the original land records are in this facility. Fredonia. also has extensive newspaper collections.shtml family folders on the East Coast. and genealogies for North Carolina. State University of New York.cnyhistory.archives. rare books.com/mcha/ Onondaga Historical Association Research Center. and much more. The best collection of State Library of North Carolina. New York. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Go to the “Family Records in the New York State Archives” webpage at: www.nc. Very large collection of unpublished manuscript genealogies. html New York State Library.
A very large genealogy collection.rowan. Archives/Library. North Dakota. Pioneer files.html State Library of Ohio. and vital records. The collection excels in American Revolution. Cincinnati. and several databases online. Go to the “Genealogy Research Guide” webpage at: www. Fargo.cincinnati library. naturalizations. visit the “Main Library—History and Genealogy” webpage at: www. Collection includes many original manuscripts.state. Located in the Red River Valley (first settled by French trappers in the 1670s).co. including histories.html Chester Fritz Library. Go to the “Genealogy Services” webpage at: http:// winslo. Materials accessible through their online catalog. Genealogy Department. death index. Norwegians.und. Focus on French-Canadians. and biographies. and much more. University of North Dakota. including traffic on rivers flowing into the Ohio. South Dakota. business records. abolitionism. biographies. all in the South Dakota Archives. Bismarck.nc. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Ohio. Grand Forks. black and ethnic. with original records of Ohio River boat traffic from Pittsburgh to the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville).state. An excellent manuscript collection. Go to the “Family History and Genealogy Room” webpage at: www.org/resource/ archlib/ North Dakota North Dakota Heritage Center. Focus on southeastern Ohio counties. Cleveland history. Ohio.library.htm Alden Library.sdhistory. journals. Ohio University. html Western Reserve Historical Society Library. and other genealogical sources at the State Archives. and more. including church records. OGS is the largest state genealogical society in America. State Archives and Historical Research Library. Bible records. Visit the “Genealogical Records Available” webpage at: www. Mansfield.htm Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. local history.edu/Collections/Famhist/home. asp?id=148 South Dakota State Historical Society. including the Inland Waterways Library. with chapters representing all Ohio .us/hist/sal/gen. the historical collection here is centered around North and South Dakota as well as western Minnesota. censuses. Oral histories. For access to the Naturalization Records Index. Ohio. newspapers. North Dakota. homesteads. perhaps more for North Dakota counties of old Dakota Territory than can be found in North Dakota. Ohio. Salisbury. farming. and early Ohio records. biographies.org/library/template. The Western Reserve was a region of Ohio settled by refugees of the Revolutionary War from the State of Connecticut. Columbus. Anyone with Ohio ancestors needs to join this society. Civil War. Rowan County was the crossroads of North Carolina during the colonial period and comprised a large central area of the present state. Newspaper Database. Good genealogy collection. biographies. Pierre. The Local History and Genealogy Department has many manuscripts. biographies. Ohio. Library Square.htm Ohio Genealogical Society Library. Athens. Newspaper Vital Records Index. diaries. and genealogies.wrhs.ohiou. For a good description of the genealogical resources available.42 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Rowan Public Library. North Dakota State University.htm Ohio Ohio Historical Society. Original records for old Dakota Territory.oh. slavery. county histories. Cleveland. See the “Genealogical Resources” links at their website: www. ndsu. Ohio. State Archives. land records. See the entire list of resources at their “Genealogy” webpage: www. This is also a library with a unique national index to millions of American households. homesteads. North Carolina.us/ HistoryRoom/html/genealogical_records. and newspapers.org/arc/ arcgen. and Shakers. family folders. North Dakota.edu/ndirs/bio&genealogy/index. go to the “For Genealogists” webpage at: www.ohiohistory. regional land records.lib. Review the resources at the “Biography & Genealogy Collections” webpage: www.nd. Archives and Special Collections.us/services/genealogy/index. Columbus.edu/subjects/genealogy/ index.lib.asp Institute for Regional Studies.library. genealogies.org/main/hi.nodak.
org/ education/oregonhistory/index. All Oregon counties represented with original naturalizations. Many original diaries and journals from Oregon Trail families. Norman. and indexes to records. and more. Salem. Oklahoma Historical Society). Columbus. A great genealogy collection. The catalog is online.htm Oregon Historical Society Library. oil production. An outstanding genealogical collection. both available at this website as downloadable PDF files. with the largest book collection of Oklahoma genealogies. Go to the “John and Mary Nichols Collection” webpage at: http://libraries. is via a library card only. probate records.org/ Ohio State Auditor’s Office. Civil War.edu/info/index. Excellent photograph collection of early Oregon people. territorial and state censuses.cityof. and vital records. state.ou. local newspapers from 1901. Portland. and a statewide index to all Oklahoma Territory Tract Books (public land buyers). Oklahoma City.cfm Oregon State Library. Oregon.okpls. Visit their Home Page at: www. the place where land sales in America first began. including Land Donation Claims for early Oregon Territory pioneers. OGS also has a website which allows members to access several online databases. biographies. ranching. histories.auditor.us/Publications/ Access to the records. Indian. plus remote access to the HeritageQuest Online databases.htm Oklahoma Oklahoma History Center (Research Division. Lawton.okhistory. Go to the “Publications” webpage at: www. Oklahoma.oh. Spanish.shtml Bizzell Memorial Library. military records. Go to the “Oregon History Project” webpage at: www. go to the “Genealogy Records” webpage: http:// arcweb. however. Portland. Multnomah County Library. and more. Oregon. Oregon. biographies. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.html .us/banners/genealogy. Oklahoma. giving in-person and/or remote access to the catalog and other Internet services. or subject. This is the starting place for Oklahoma research.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 43 counties. Enough manuscript and printed materials to qualify as Oregon’s state archives. mining. Eugene. Go to the “Genealogy Research” webpage for more information: http://oregon. including an outstanding biographical card index to early Oregon people mentioned in books.uoregon. Oklahoma. maps. Volunteers from the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society provide help to researchers. University of Oklahoma. A great Native-American records collection.ok. and newspaper articles. Membership allows library access to a large collection of family folders. County and state records. family folders.holdenvillepl. Indian-Pioneer History Collection. This office is the official repository of records of public land sales in Ohio. You must use the online catalog to find a particular title. Original historical manuscripts.us/library/genealogy.or. A project to index these records is well under way. cattle trails. Manuscripts. with many records relating to the Five Civilized Tribes (and Delawares) removed to Indian Territory. but the Oregon History Project is an online resource tool that leads to various records available.ohs.html Lawton Public Library. For a good review of the types of guides available and access to the online databases. biographies.org/ref/gene. family folders. manuscripts. Two excellent books related to Ohio history and land development are Along the Ohio Trail and The Official Ohio Lands Book. Salem. Special Collections.state. censuses.gov/ OSL/Genealogy. This new facility (April 2006) is really two state archives: one for Native Americans and one for the early Anglo settlers of Oklahoma. newspapers. Ohio.org/res/ResDiv.lawton.ogs. vital records. genealogies. name. Descriptions of the various collections and direct links to each section can be found at the “Researching Oklahoma History” webpage at: www.sos. and the online Oregon Historical Records Index is accessible at their website. Holdenville. county records. Pickens Public Library.asp?id=23 Knight Library. University of Oregon. military. Oregon. Oklahoma.edu/ guides/genealogy/ Grace M. plus periodicals. but start at a special webpage for helping genealogists located at: http://libweb. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. org/ Oregon Oregon State Archives.multcolib. Oregon. A review and history of the library is at: www.
essentially. Harrisburg.us/bah/dam/rg/index.aspx ?id=122 State Library of Pennsylvania. including a card file for every Pennsylvania soldier of the Civil War. If the genealogical query is limited to “do you have this or that thing?” they may answer you for free. Scotch-Irish. RootsWeb.sohs. including histories. Philadelphia. Oregon. Visit the ARIAS webpage at: www.org/ressvcs. something you will not find at the State Archives website.asp Rhode Island Rhode Island State Archives. or the National Archives. For a review of its holdings go to the “Collections” webpage at: www. Philadelphia. Go to: www. each with a link to an explanatory page.usgenweb. Library Archives Department. For a look at the resources. Largest genealogical library in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library.org/Research_Guides. The State Archives does have a website.statelibrary.rihs. Rhode Island. probably the worst state archives website (for genealogists) of all 50 states. Earliest Rhode Island records for all towns and counties for colonial and federal eras. Germans. fully indexed.asp?DLN=1246. The new digital archives is called ARIAS (Archives Records Information Access System). go to the “Library” webpage at: www.00 a day for non-members). Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. Pittsburgh. A Rhode Island USGenWeb site is also useful for understanding what records are available: www. Although this may be Rhode Island’s largest collection of genealogical materials. go to the “Library and Archives” webpage at: www. Go to the “Research Library” webpage: www. Medford. using the word “genealogy” at this facility is frowned upon. Pennsylvania. Bible records. There is no online catalog. Click on “Genealogy/ Local History. Go to the “Record Groups” webpage at: www. covering western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.asp?NavID=43 For the colonial period. Check out the “Ready Reference” service described at their “Research Services” webpage. and church records.html Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Archives.us/libraries/taxonomy/ taxonomy. Pennsylvania. They try to send you to other places. Providence. because there is virtually no help for a genealogist. Library and Archives.ri.us/rihrab/ Statelocal. pghhistory. Pennsylvania.pa.com/ri Rhode Island Historical Society Library.state.us/ Library and Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.state. the materials relate not only to Germans.htm Newport Historical Society Library. An excellent place to locate the early settlers of Pennsylvania. but Welsh Quakers and Scotch-Irish immigrants. New Jersey. Newport. A very good genealogical library. like the Family History Library.state. Providence.state. Genealogy and Local History Collection. Pennsylvania.htm Southern Oregon Historical Society.htm In addition. Virtually every Palatine German immigrant to Pennsylvania can be identified in this collection.german townhistory. Rhode Island. must be done in person ($5. But there is some hope.org/library. and other colonial settlers in Penn’s colonies. The first set of records are mostly military name lists. The original records of the published Pennsylvania Archives series are here. The Pennsylvania State Archives’ holdings are named and listed in 79 record groups. or suggest that genealogists hire an independent researcher.org/library.org/Page. For a review of the resources here. Harrisburg. A great genealogy/local history section. Pennsylvania. A website for the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board (www. Rhode Island. an ambitious project to scan images and index original records is well under way. pa.” Germantown Historical Society.html#state) at least has an overview of the types of records a genealogist may find at the State Archives. Portland.org/default. Original records of early Quakers. Historical and genealogical coverage is excellent for the colonial period.pa. Go to the “Family History & Genealogy” webpage at: www.gfo.hsp.44 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library. For early pioneers in southern Oregon. and Delaware. .digitalarchives. A huge genealogical collection. this is the best place to find a reference to your ancestors. Go to the “Research Guides” webpage at: http://library. and any research here.phmc. Oregon.
original county records. Pierre. Aberdeen. go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. atlases. go to the “Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www. South Carolina. Click on “Explore our Collections” for a review of the archives. town histories. State Archives. The Janie Revill Collection covering the colonial and federal eras of South Carolina is outstanding and well indexed. with a good genealogy collection relating to early Rhode Island people.state.uri.usd.sc. and the repository for the American Family Records Association files.html South Carolina South Carolina Department of Archives and History. books. Check out their Alexander Mitchell Public Library. including histories. For an excellent review of the types of records where you will most likely find evidence of a South Carolina ancestor.rootsweb. If the Rhode Island State Archives has one of the worst websites (for genealogists). A good collection of South Dakota history. and more. South Dakota. Visit the “Heritage Room” webpage: http://ampl. An outstanding collection for South Carolina and the South.org/genealogy. including genealogies. Go to the society’s Home Page at www. Columbia. and more. Massachusetts.org/arc/arcgen. Indians. Columbia. go to the “For Genealogists” webpage at: www. and the best historical manuscript collection for the entire state. county school archives. South Dakota.sdln. South Carolina. journals. Go to the “Biography and Genealogy” webpage at: http:// newporthistorical. Original Rhode Island town records. homesteads. Manuscripts. a considerable amount of local and state geneological materials.htm University of Rhode Island Library. Newspaper Database. government documents. South Carolina. South Dakota. Review the many manuscript collections available at the “Manuscripts Division” webpage at: www. Colonial immigrant records. histories. Manuscripts.htm South Dakota South Dakota State Historical Society.net/Heritage%20Room.sdhistory. early newspapers.cfm South Caroliniana Library.com/~scscgs/home frame. biographies. visit the Home Page for more information at: www. the South Carolina State Archives has one of the best. For a description of the genealogical materials. vital records. 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. library.org/. gazetteers. Charleston Library Society. Vermillion. and genealogies.schistory.edu/library/special/ collections. University of South Carolina. and children’s books.) In any case. non-fiction. This is a premier genealogical collection for all of South Carolina. farming. South Carolina.htm . Worcester. Original records for old Dakota Territory and modern South Dakota. biographies. A membership library with a good collection of genealogical materials.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 45 southern part of the state. There are numerous published guides and finding aids. Kingston. and other genealogical sources at the State Archives. Charleston. genealogy. Sumter.org/library.sciway. and digital archives resources.us/scdah/ newgenealre.” (Never trust a librarian who can’t spell “genealogical” correctly. church.americanantiquarian. Colonial records.htm Weeks Library. ethnic.htm#Biography%20 and%20Genealogy website at: www. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. as well as a substantial general collection of fiction.sc. For access to the Naturalization Records Index. University of South Dakota. Charleston. diaries. South Carolina. and more. maps. Germans from Russia. Rhode Island. and more. church records.edu/ library/socar/mnscrpts/index2.edu/library/special_collections/ American Antiquarian Society Library. References to virtually all of the earliest South Carolina families can be found here.html#gene Sumter County Genealogical Society Library.net/lib/cls_home. early newspapers. Review the collections of value to genealogists at their “Special Collections” webpage: www.htm South Carolina Historical Society Library. histories. biographies. business. genealogies. Newspaper Vital Records Index.
Barker Texas History Collection. original county records.lib.tx.us/clayton/clayton_ faqs. Dallas.lib.lib. McClung Historical Collection. Knoxville.hpl. and more. North Carolina.chattanooga. Center for Genealogical Research (branch of Houston Public Library). A very good genealogy collection. county histories. Memphis. Watertown. For links to resource categories go to the “History and Genealogy” webpage at: www. Tennessee. Republic of Texas.php Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library. The genealogy/local history collection is outstanding. and the State of Texas. biographies. A good genealogical reference library. Mid-Atlantic. books. Go to the “Reference Links” webpage at: http://watweb. Texas. Texas. Original manuscripts for Spanish Texas. Visit the webpage. Tennessee. One of America’s best places to do genealogical research—a beautiful modern facility just for genealogists. Newspapers. all counties represented with original records.html Dallas Public Library. Also. and more. Knoxville.gov/tsla/history/ index. Includes the Natchez Trace Collection of Mississippi. river traffic. Austin. For an overview of the collection and a link to the Guide. html . Tennessee. South Dakota. Library card holders have remote access to ProQuest and HeritageQuest Online. and records of Tennessee’s Confederate soldiers. including Texas vital records. Nashville. biographies. To an outsider it depends on which collection gives you the most information about your ancestors. and an outstanding collection. Manuscripts. Go to the “Searching Aids” webpage at: www.state. ethnic. including public records. An outstanding genealogical collection. Tennessee.sdln. genealogies.edu/spcoll/searchms/ searchms. Tennessee. private collections. federal records. Calvin M.net/reference.htm Texas Texas State Library and Archives. Go the Clayton Library Home Page and “Explore” the main research collections: www.” at: www. and the South. including New England. This is an outstanding collection of historical reference material. University of Texas.us/arc/genfirst. newspapers. You can access the “Clayton FAQs” webpage directly at: www.46 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Watertown Regional Library.us/clayton/.tx. Research and Collections Division. Great genealogical collection.org/library/resources. the “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage is well done and answers most questions anyone would have about this great library. A 19-page Guide to Research: Genealogy Section. Texas. and Texas pioneers.htm Eugene C. Austin. Dallas Public Library is available as a PDF download.htm Knox Public Library. with records for more than Texas.htm Tennessee Genealogical Society Library.hpl. maps. Chattanooga. gov/localHist/guide.utexas.edu/searchingaids.cah. church records. Louisiana. Go to the “Guide to the Manuscripts Collections” webpage at: www. There is a rivalry between the Clayton Library and the Dallas Public Library over which is the largest genealogy library in Texas.lib.html University of Tennessee Library.html Clayton Library.utk.tsl. biographies. Houston. Texas.tx. Special Collections.tennessee. The Genealogy Section of this library is one of the best in the country. Go to the “Research Resources” webpage at: www. Historical collection nearly as large as the state library/archives. Native Americans (especially Cherokees). heavy on early Tennessee. “A Brief Guide to Genealogical Materials in the Local History and Genealogy Department. genealogies.org/library/mcclung/index. Go to the “Genealogy Resources Available at Our Library” webpage at: www.org/CHS/ cgc. Mexican Texas. Links to “Materials in the Collection” and “Electronic Resources” can be accessed from the McClung webpage at: http:// knoxcounty. and South Carolina families. go to the Genealogy Section’s Home Page at: http://dallaslibrary. The largest family folder file collection in the Upper South. Genealogy Section. This historical collection for the Old Southwest includes an index to East Tennessee families.html#faq1 Tennessee Tennessee State Library and Archives.tngs. and more.
The home of the Southeast Texas Genealogical Society and a special collection of historical materials relating to early migrations into Texas via Tennessee. Utah. and Louisiana.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 47 Texas General Land Office. colonization. Provo. Germany. the BYU Genealogy Department is preparing online indexes.uta. To see what records and services are available. Links to “Genealogy Links” and “History Links” are at the Main Page: www. but not known as well because of the dominance of the Salt Lake library. Texas. Mexico. This facility has many of the records the Utah pioneers brought with them: Bibles. A great manuscript collection similar to UT-Austin. Go to the “History Department” webpage at: www. Mormons. and State of Texas. This library may have the key to locating many early Texas.html Tyrrell Historical Library. Salt Lake City. Scotland. Ireland. and genealogical references to virtually every pioneer who came to Utah Territory before 1869. Utah. Arkansas. Utah. Marshall. Logan. The largest genealogical library in the world.com/library.dupinternational. International Society—Daughters of Utah Pioneers. and Scandinavian countries. Missouri. Pioneer records include mining. Brigham Young University.gov/utah_history_research_ center/index. All Texas land grants from the Spanish era. Utah. edu/Specol/index. Marshall. early settlements. Go to http://history. Utah. Texas. letters. the collection contains information from county courthouses for virtually all U. and Other Services” webpage at: www. Visit the “Special Collections” webpage at: http://library.usu.lib. Wales. and Louisiana families. The best collection in which the western “Mountain Men” can be identified and traced (Archives of Society of American Range). diaries. Copying.state. Arlington. Archives and Records Division.htm Pioneer Memorial Museum.cityofbeaumont.org/ . go to the “Research Resources” webpage at: http://library. journals. With over two million rolls of microfilm. and many records not found anywhere else relating to Utah. Republic of Texas. Salt Lake City. Website: www.byu. then linking the indexed books to the FHL catalog entries in Salt Lake City.S. An outstanding collection of family folders. this is a good collection of genealogical reference material. This is an excellent genealogical research library.htm Utah State Historical Society. San Antonio. Contact information and a description of the genealogical collection are under the City of Beaumont’s “Libraries. well indexed. counties.us/archives/service.tx. photographs.glo. History of Texas Public Lands. go to the “Research.org/ Harrison County Historical Museum. Specializing in the colonial Mexican-Texas era and resources from the Republic of Texas. Texas.org Lee Library.com/TXHarrison/Index.html Merrill-Cazier Library.drtl. Kentucky. Texas was a Confederate center during the Civil War. Utah State University.edu/research Resources/ Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library. Beaumont. family journals. Arkansas. England. Recreation and Convention Facilities” webpage at: www.utah. In fact. A very fine “Utah History Research Center” webpage tells everything you’ll need to know about the collection. To review the location and types of records available.familysearch.html Utah Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hughes Research Center Library. Salt Lake City. with materials relating to all states and countries.txgenes. letters. plus an excellent array of materials from Canada. Texas. To review the collection and online databases go to BYU’s “Family History/Genealogy Resources” webpage at: www. Largest Family History Center outside Salt Lake City. 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. diaries. Go to: www. Use the Harrison County TXGenWeb site for more information. Texas. Austin. and surname lists.
go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.lib. Virginia. oral histories. Montpelier.org/library.lva.us/whatwehave/gene/ index. and state records. 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).aspx Washington Office of the Secretary of State.html Albany County Hall of Records.lib. Washington State Library. naturalizations. Washington. Burlington.com/achor/ American Antiquarian Society Library. West Virginia. Virginia.secstate. and military records. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. Bennington. Visit their website for detailed information about the resources available: www. family Bibles. There are numerous references to Vermont. Winchester. Albany.htm Bailey-Howe Memorial Library. including family Bible records.virginia. Worcester. private. Go to the “Family & Local History” webpage at: www. histories.S.uvm. Virginia State Library and Archives. this is a good source for locating a migrating German or Scotch-Irish family. histories. colonial America’s most heavily traveled migration route. poll lists. Special Collections. A large genealogical collection. University of Virginia. A very large genealogical collection. Manuscripts. The library’s catalog is online.aspx Virginia Historical Society Library. and Kentucky. Richmond. territorial-state-federal censuses. and more. alone there are over 18. and Vermont records.edu/special/default. biographies.gov/. edu/primary. Go to the “Search the Digital Archives” Virginia The Library of Virginia. Virginia. Civil War. vital records. An outstanding research center for locating early Vermont people. Richmond. Virginia. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. and original manuscripts.vermont history.va. Massachusetts. newspapers.state.americanantiquarian. Visit the “Welcome to The Bennington Museum Library” webpage at: www. Go to the “Genealogical Research in Vermont” webpage at: www. Virginia. genealogies. federal. Bennington Museum.vahistorical.albanycounty. and the Washington State Digital Archives.org/generes. Olympia. tax lists. University of Vermont. bounty lands. New York. Early Connecticut. Many scanned manuscripts of this library are now available online.us/handley/ services.hrl.va. death records.htm Bennington Museum Library.lib.edu/specialcollections/ Alderman Library. birth records.org/research/genealogy.benningtonmuseum.lib.000 bound volumes of newspapers from 1704 to 1820. This library has an excellent historical collection relating to the region and a good genealogy reference library. an online index to many millions of names from original marriages. This facility has 900 index drawers indexing 10 million documents relating to the Old Dominion. Go to www. Charlottesville. newspapers. From Philadelphia to Roanoke. Go to the “Genealogical Research” .org/ genealogy. including Virginia. James Madison University. militia lists. Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. this facility has indexes to original records from the early 1600s. Vermont local histories. Vermont. biographies. For the U. representing the single largest collection of extant American newspapers for that period. and newspapers. Go to the “Special Collections at the Bailey-Howe Library” webpage at: http://bailey. documents. direct links to the Washington State Archives. Vermont. A very large collection relating to the people who traveled the Great Valley Road of Virginia.jmu. At the Digital Archives site is the Historic Records Search.htm webpage at: www. This library is best known for its outstanding newspaper collection.htm Handley Regional Library. Original county records. Each facility has good online descriptions of the resources they hold.wa. For a description of the genealogical materials.asp?p=76 Carrier Library. Operated by the Albany County Clerk’s office and the City of Albany. New York. and more. including colonial.48 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Vermont Vermont Historical Society Library. Vermont. Go to the “Primary Source Collections” webpage at: www. Harrisonburg.
us/Research. Cheyenne. tax records. libraries. farmers. Tacoma. Milwaukee. West Virginia West Virginia Archives and History Division Library.org/genealogy/ Washington State Historical Society. Seattle. Visit the “Research Library” webpage at: www.html Golda Meir Library. Washington. Washington. plus censuses. and one of America’s best map collections. and histories of early pioneers. photographs. West Virginia. Wisconsin. Morgantown. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www.html The Library of Virginia. For an online obituary index go to: www.Genealogy Resource Centers in the States • 49 webpage at: www. homesteading. Visit the webpage for the “Pacific Northwest Collection” at: www.spl.org/Files/Great/ bookmark. See the Virginia listing. The library’s catalog is online at: www.uwm. Visit this site for a complete description: www. Seattle.wshs. Go to the “Genealogy” webpage at: www. wisconsinhistory.cfm?Category=12 Seattle Genealogical Society. county histories. government documents.digitalarchives. and more. West Virginia University Library.niobrara countylibrary. particularly for German immigrants.com/~waseags/library. Largest manuscript collection in the state. Washington. Milwaukee. Genealogy Collection. University of Wisconsin— Milwaukee. Most of the Draper interviews were with old settlers of the Appalachian region. The library is cleverly located across the street from the regional National Archives branch on Sand Point Way. pioneers. Wisconsin. West Virginia and Regional History Collection.org/history/genealog.wvu. Seattle.lclsonline.edu/ Libraries/special/ Wyoming Wyoming State Archives Museum and Historical Department. At the library’s website no one would ever know that this is one of the best genealogy reference libraries on the West Coast. Madison. genealogies. Original manuscripts.lib.gov/ default.edu/wvcollection/ Click on the “Genealogical Sources” link for a downloadable PDF file with a good description of the genealogy resources available. Cheyenne.wvculture. and much more. Washington.state. Cultural Center.htm Suzzallo Library. Go to the “Reference Research and Historical Photos” webpage at: http://wyoarchives. A great historical collection. Research Center. Largest book collection in the state. State Library and Archives. Go to the “Special Collections” webpage at: www. Go to the “Genealogy & Special Collections” webpage at: www. The best manuscript collection in the state. land records. cattlemen.htm. biographies. A very good genealogy collection.mpl.rootsweb. biographies. Charleston.wa. Richmond. The best manuscript collection in the state. tax records. University of Washington.aspx Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society Library. Lusk.” a large collection of interviews. Go to the “Genealogy Corner” at: www. washington.edu/specialcoll/collections/pnw/ Seattle Public Library. Wisconsin. Virginia.org/ genealogy/ Niobrara County Library.org/default. The area of presentday West Virginia was part of Virginia from 1607– 1863. Largest family folder collection in the state.wy. and more. asp?pageID=collection Milwaukee Public Library. Laramie County Library.org/wshs/research/finding_ aids. Research Library. This library holds the famous “Draper Papers.org/obituaries/ . with finding aids listed online at: www. West Virginia. and a good surname collection. Wyoming. Wyoming. Many manuscripts. The Pacific Northwest and Alaska coverage is outstanding. Wyoming.
” .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.
military researchers. You should have a solid genealogical project under way by now. online newsletters.. Visit the APG website at: www.com/ 51 . Utah. In the near future you may find yourself in a cemetery. and surveyed local resources available across the country. And the first time you leave your computer and head for a library you will be subjecting yourself to this addiction. Westminster. and a recommended buy list of the best genealogy reference books. or libraries. lead to arguments over frozen dinners instead of home-cooked meals. all of whom use the ProGenealogists service. state. Salt Lake City. APG has an online membership list and several aids in selecting a professional researcher.org/ Lineages. and create general havoc for people left at home while the genealogist is off exploring cemeteries. or library.com/ ProGenealogists. translators. A non-profit organization. and you can’t get to the library to find that book you need. Inc. You’ve gone through the seven steps.apgen. Then you can smugly refer everyone to your successful genealogy project as “my Internet stuff” and never leave home. Sandy. This hobby has been known to foster family fights.lineages. Professional Researchers Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).com Heritage Consulting and Services. This is an agency for professional genealogists.progenealogists. plus full genealogical projects under contract to individuals. You can hire one by choice. There is no end to it. or country of interest in your request and see a list of professionals available who specialize in that area. or have your research project assigned to any of the available professionals.Research Help for the Addicted OK. This addiction happens because the success of finding one ancestor always leads to the desire to find more ancestors. at this point. you’re almost set. Utah. you can specify a certain county. then you should probably feed the addiction by starting your own library. Colorado. including several published authors. But if spending $40–$60 an hour for professional help is not in your budget. This is the largest genealogical research firm in the country. Utah. Lineages provides several individual search packages. However. Inc. With members drawn from all over the world. They are essentially independent researchers who take on clients supplied by the service.heritageconsulting. large or small.. courthouse. and lineage specialists. Visit their website at: www. or involved with driving trips to visit long lost relatives. One solution to this problem is to hire a professional genealogist to prepare your genealogy for you. heir and estate researchers. explored the Internet look-up sites. This firm’s success stories include family histories prepared for celebrities such as Bill Cosby and Johnny Carson. courthouses. Their website is located at: www. Visit their website at: www. there is a warning that must be issued: genealogy can be addictive. This is a small group of professional researchers with a good track record for finding lost ancestors. Salt Lake City. genealogy magazines. Research Help for the Addicted includes a list of professional research firms. They will take on any genealogical project.
com/ Subscribe to this magazine at “The Shops@ Ancestry. Another does the same thing for genealogical libraries. and it is now filled with articles rather than queries. published six times per year by Everton Publishers.familytreemagazine. published six times per year by Moorshead Magazines. 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. Go to: www. instructions and advice for beginners Research Cornerstones.familychronicle. Follows a Blog format and is updated daily.com. Inc. General genealogy topics. including ethnic heritage.about.. Ohio. visit their website at: www. Provo.com/ Ancestry Magazine. (One-year subscription: $24. This is a mass-market. Genealogy Today. (One-year subscription: $24. and an accessible archive for thousands of subjects for past years. Family Tree Magazine does a good job in identifying the resources needed to discover and preserve a family history. published six times per year by Ancestry.eogn.. and news. Go to: http:// blog. Follows the Blog format. with several short articles related to genealogical subjects in each issue. this may be the most popular online newsletter specific to genealogy.genealogytoday. articles.html Online Genealogy Newsletters & Blogs Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.com/Parenting & Family/Genealogy. (One-year subscription: $27. available as a print subscription magazine or available in full content online. hosted by Kimberly Powell.. book reviews. North York..) Family Chronicle is a well-presented and colorful magazine.com/ Ancestry’s Weekly Newsletter and Blog. $32 CND. Inc.com. Visit their website at: www. new resources.com/ Everton’s Genealogical Helper. Ontario.) Regular columns include: Ethnic Sources Step-by-Step: Family History Made Easy.00. Hosted by Richard Eastman. published six times per year by F+W Publications.everton. Logan.95. One issue per year lists the names and addresses for all known genealogical societies in the U. In the classic Blog format.com Family Chronicle. a well-known Boston genealogist.” http://shops.00. (One-year subscription: $27 US.) It covers several areas of interest to family history enthusiasts.S. Visit their website at: www. databases. the magazine has undergone major changes. family reunions. Inc. More recently. Internet Genealogy. A subscription newsletter with in-depth coverage is also available. . and online data sources. This specialized portal provides original articles. Launched in April 2006. Memberships.genealogyblog. news. along with products in their marketplace. Go to the “Genealogy” site at: http:// genealogy. Utah. with discussions on the latest events in the genealogy world. memoirs. Cincinnati. Moorshead has also launched a companion magazine. Canada.com/ b/magazine. oral history. Go to: www. For more information on both magazines.52 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE Genealogy Magazines Family Tree Magazine. beginner-friendly genealogy magazine found on the magazine racks of most supermarkets in America. this site provides genealogy news and research tips. etc. asp?productid=1561&shopid=0 GenealogyBlog. and Marketplace. The Home Page has links to News and Information.com/learn/ About.ancestry. Go to Ancestry’s free “Learning Center” at: www. Ltd. and search tools along with links to the newest sites. 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.ancestry.com/product. Utah.com.) Since 1947. It is published in Canada but the articles seem to cater to an American audience. They also offer subscriptionbased databases and newsletters. scrapbooking. This is one of the many “how-to” sites of the major Internet service About. and historical travel. Databases. this replaces Ancestry Daily News.
This edition can be purchased as a printed book. including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. and the methods and tools for locating more information about their ancestors. indispensable!” The Handybook for Genealogists. phone number. UT: Everton Publishers. I find myself reaching for this book time after time. UT: Ancestry. Inc. once it arrived. Inc. 2000). actually. 2004). information about special repositories. Excerpts from a critical review by the American Library Association: “Arranged alphabetically by state. marking the first revision of this seminal The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists: The Essential Guide to American County and Town Sources.. Web site.. and details are easy to find. [Also includes] tips. They are well organized. historians and professional genealogists. 3rd edition. parent county. This latest release is the most extensive and expansive revision in years. and address book—the most comprehensive guide available for family history research. I already had the Handy Book for Genealogists and considered the two to be too close in content to justify the expenditure. Compared with other books. But all of these books are available from retailers all over the country. by Val D. and if I ever question information in one. County & Town Sources. Many genealogists start to build a personal library to help identify sources. the research tips are quite pragmatic. Ancestry. Publisher’s description: “The Red Book is the culmination of several years’ worth of research on the part of scholars. (Provo. All are available directly from the publisher. not to mention the different perspective offered. Well written and well documented. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.. libraries. I realized that there is some very different information between the two. There are updated descriptions of major record collections available in each state and addresses that help you go straight to the sources. edited by Alice Eichholz.” Comment from a reviewer: “I purchased this book by accident. Red Book consistently ranks high on the ‘must-have’ lists of several well-known genealogy publications.” The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. and types of records kept and dates begun.. The top twenty genealogy reference books are as follows: work since 1992. 11th edition (Logan. This new 3rd edition incorporates the latest thinking on . such as the Red Book. historical overviews. maps by William Dollarhide. parish and town-hall contacts. bibliographies of published sources. There are certain things I find easier to understand in the Red Book. This book is. Greenwood. where one can sometimes find a used copy for a bargain price. This is the leading text on the subject of genealogy and the text of choice at every college-level genealogy course in the U. simply put. only to realize later what I had done. in celebration of an impressive 15 years in print. The information is more current [than the Handybook]. history book. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State. The Handybook has been the “Bible” for family history research for decades. I have a second source to confirm the first. However. where reduced prices may be found as well. and listings for county. Each listing provides the date of establishment. the format for the local records sources is easier on the eyes. after sitting down and doing a side-by-side comparison of the two books. or purchased as the book plus a CD-ROM of the entire book. address.S. Both are quite useful. The Handybook is an atlas. I received an offer for the purchase of the Red Book at a discount and jumped on it. Arguably the finest reference ever compiled on United States research. it covers every aspect of the subject.com. including critical dates. I thought about returning it. With over one million copies in print.Research Help for the Addicted • 53 The Top 20 Reference Books for Genealogists Soon after entering the search for your ancestors.com is unveiling a new third edition. Librarians will want to add this new tool to their collections. a quest for more information begins. 3rd edition. Inc. Most of these titles are frequently listed at eBay. and the reasonable price makes it easy to justify the overlapping information. such as the existence of independent cities and townships whose records might not be in county-based sources. and not just to confirm info from the Handy Book. where the text and maps are viewable and searchable for any word. Now. the chapters provide the expected information: maps showing current counties. 2005). edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Cincinnati: Family Tree Books. an advantage for users of The Handybook is the layout of the county lists. 2006). The selected list of books below represents the very best reference books currently available.
business and employment records.g. by Anne Bruner Eales and Robert M. 1987). This is truly a wonderful book. directories. a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence. census records.). Kvasnicka (Washington. 1): “Every once in a while a new book comes along which most genealogists should not be without. and compiled records (family histories. this is a required purchase for all libraries. Inc. 1790–1920. D.” Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. ships’ passenger arrival . military records. indexes. 64. African-American. edited by Kory L. church records. Excerpt from Library Journal: “For those just beginning their family history research. Szucs and Sandra H. vital records. with black lines showing the older condition overlaid on the same map. This is done with a gray and white background showing the modern condition. 1790–1920. many contributed by well-known genealogists.. it is also put together in a very scholarly manner. Keeping abreast of the ever-increasing amount of new materials often proves difficult for even the seasoned researcher. death. It is enjoyable to study even when not seeking assistance on a problem somewhere between 1790 and 1920. finding aids. This reference covers genealogical source materials in great detail. even if their own collections do not contain so many sources. Inc. lead a researcher in the best possible direction for further research. and genealogical publishers and booksellers. military service and pension files. 1998).” The Source has the answers. the Map Guide maps will vividly reveal the county boundary changes. Hispanic. we have a better guide to places where genealogical records are maintained today. On all of its 393 maps. censuses. Additional chapters focus on tracking ethnic origins using immigration records and other resources for Native-American. No. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. While the first book defines and explains “original” records (e. Chapters. Federal Censuses. Meyerink (Provo. specifically the relationship between computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM) and the timeless principles of good genealogical research. marriage and divorce records. the number and variety of printed sources can be overwhelming and confusing.S. and cemetery records. major U. Whether you’re a brand new genealogist trying to figure out where to begin. It is well illustrated and well documented. and Jewish-American research.” Map Guide to the U. periodicals). obviously prepared with a great deal of work and care.S. and Printed Sources. court records. 2000). With a wealth of knowledge packed into 840 pages. Excerpt from a review in The American Genealogist Guide To Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. begin with outlines of key concepts and sources to be discussed and end with helpful bibliographies. and updated information on the 1920 census. land and tax records. 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. genealogical libraries. by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.. This work serves as a guide through the maze of published records for beginner and expert alike. ensuring its value and usefulness for a long time to come. Thorndale and Dollarhide’s Map Guide is not only helpful for the assistance it provides. 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: Ancestry. It also includes a new chapter on the property rights of women. Four sections include background information (how-to books. Little else has changed. By starting with a modern state map to locate a particular place. Inc. printed original records. and is a very comprehensive review of genealogical source materials. because the basics of genealogy remain timeless and immutable. atlases).. The Source. 3rd edition. and other finding aids. A fine line can be drawn between this publisher’s classic work. or a seasoned expert who’s hit the proverbial “brick wall. UT: Ancestry..: National Archives and Records Administration. 1997). as a result. etc. The National Archives contains a wealth of information about individuals whose names appear in census records. Three appendixes provide information on CD-ROMs.54 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE genealogy and computers. this new work addresses materials that have arisen from authors’ compilations and synthesis of the original data. If we have an understanding of the county boundary changes. edited by Loretto D. and more. This is such a book. The comparison may reveal areas not yet in a particular county for a particular census year and. (Vol. Librarians and researchers will appreciate the depth and detail of information provided. birth. Luebking.. Learn where to find and how to use vital resources like: databases. or needs to be changed.C.
Writers. and names of contact persons. professional bodies. contact persons. this book puts you in touch with all the key sources of genealogical information. by Ann S. 2) Military Records explore records of the regular army. and other records. historical societies. by E. bounty land warrants. and medical scientists who seek professional researchers. Lainhart (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. addresses. 1997). private land sales. booksellers. by Elizabeth Petty Bentley. volunteers.. Inc.. records of the District of Columbia.. and one-name societies. Source citation is fundamental. 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. The validity of any piece of evidence cannot be analyzed if its source is unknown. publishers.C. This book is a guide to state and territorial censuses and the repositories where they are now located. attorneys. and 4) Other Useful Records encompass land records. giving names. periodicals. D. and databases. Citing a worthless source is an effort that produces worthless results.Research Help for the Addicted • 55 lists. it’s a consumer’s guide that de- The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area.. religious organizations and archives.. 2005).. Native Americans.. Editors. government agencies. The volume is divided into four sections. 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. For hobbyists. each with a number of chapters: 1) Population and Immigration Records include censuses. Since land records are more complete and go back further in time than any other type of record. State Census Records. this A– Z directory of family associations provides addresses.. special interest groups. DAR Library. newspaper columns. 5th edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Bureau of Land Management. by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. African Americans. the local LDS Family History Centers. Inc. surname registries. phone numbers. Washington. Schaefer (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. land records. state land grants.. 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. and more. will aid family researchers in the National Archives I & II. Wade Hone (Salt Lake City: Ancestry. and naturalizations. For family historians who want to do their own study. Inc. 2001). business hours.. but it is not enough. Land and Property Research in the United States. FAX numbers. archives. merchant seamen. by Christina K. genealogical societies. and other pertinent information for more than 16. by Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Like a national yellow pages for genealogists. 1997).. and many other types of documents of interest to both beginning and experienced genealogists. In successful genealogical research these two practices are inseparable. This book describes the records of public domain land. and cartographic records. reunion committees. and more.” The Genealogist’s Address Book. and the author’s treatment of this little-understood concept is nothing short of brilliant. 3) Records Relating to Particular Groups include those concerning civilians during wartime. services.. Library of Congress. Inc. This book identifies the resources that . e-mail addresses. pensions. Inc. 1992). Inc. passenger arrivals.500 libraries. reliably. and civilian government employees. websites. vital records offices. a researcher’s chance of locating a person in land records is greater than any other genealogical source. research centers. Directory of Family Associations. 2001). 1996). Lecturers. is home to the largest body of accessible research materials in the world. it describes the standards.. claims records. Inc. miscellaneous records. 4th edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. phone numbers. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Professional Genealogy is a manual by professionals for everyone serious about genealogy. naval and marine service. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers. Maps of the public domain as divided by the Government Land Office are very helpful. Based on responses to questionnaires sent to family associations. homesteads. and Librarians.
by Cyndi Howells (Rutledge Hill Press/Na- . giving a detailed view of the records and the published sources available. The book focuses on making a quality genealogy web site that will be the best research tool possible. 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. Creating a genealogy web site can be as simple or as complex as you like. It won’t teach you how to write HTML or the ins and outs of every software program for genealogy or the web. by Karen Clifford (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. VA. Herber. by Mark D. ProGen explains the process. analyzing each record and guiding the searcher to finding-aids and indexes. tional Genealogical Society. this book will make your online search more effective and productive. and how to access these records. it provides a bridge to the methods. It will help you assess the accuracy of what you find and help you get the most out of the Internet. such as wills. 2003). but it will give you everything you need to make those programs work well within your plans for your site. researching military records. it offers benchmarks by which they can advance their skills and place their businesses on sounder footing. The purpose of this book. tying the fundamentals of genealogical research to the infrastructure of computers and websites. Online Roots. And for all those who dream of turning a fascinating hobby into a successful career. finding clues to primary sources.. 2nd edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Arlington. when an ancestor has a criminal record. checking modern lists and resources.. VA. poll books. and minutiae of “history. The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy. NGS description: “This book is designed to walk you through the process of creating your own genealogy web site.56 • Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE fines quality and facilitates choices. Planting Your Family Tree Online: How To Create Your Own Family History Web Site.” Topics covered include: judging your sources. and locating photographs on the web. Inc. The modern world of genealogy combines the traditional methods of research with the awesome power of computers and the Internet. 2001). by Michael Tepper (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. so newbies and veterans alike can benefit from this book. parish registers. A manual for modern genealogy—designed for the beginner but useful even to the most seasoned researcher. Inc. by Pamela Boyer Porter and Amy Johnson Crow (Rutledge Hill Press/ National Genealogical Society. 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. How to Discover Your Family’s History & Heritage with the Power of the Internet.. 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. is to train the researcher in this new methodology. For librarians who struggle to help a whole new class of patrons. a combination so powerful that it has transformed the way we do genealogy.. NGS description: “Second in the new National Genealogical Society Guides series. Inc. the Internet.” For established genealogical professionals. and property records.. sources. 2006). It includes chapters that guide researchers to the records that are more difficult to find and use. Arlington.. 1993). This books guides the researcher through the substantial British archives. The book contains numerous addresses for web sites.” American Passenger Arrival Records: A Guide to the Records of Immigrants Arriving at American Ports by Sail or Steam. therefore. and Your Genealogy Computer Program. 2003). up-close and personal.
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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 . If you ever wanted to trace your family online. a durable print version is available from the publisher . this little book will help you do it. Getting Started in Genealogy Online packs more clout than any 64 pages ever written on the subject of online genealogy. Designed as a beginner’s guide.If you’d like the book. . .
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