There are are some links on this page I just can't remember and have to look for them over and over. Here they are:
Various sources of blank genealogy forms
- Barry Ewell's List of Genealogy Forms
- FamilyTree Magazine - Free Forms
- About.com - Genealogy Chartshttp://genealogy.about.com/od/free_charts/ig/genealogy_charts/
- Shoestring Genealogy Free Genealogy Logs, charts and forms
- Irish Genealogy Toolkit and Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry. Irish Genealogy Toolkit was created as a way of passing on that knowledge to another generation of amateur genealogists and, she hopes, sparing them the wasted hours and money of going round and round in circles or following blind alleys. It covers all the basics of tracing ancestors in Ireland. Irish Genealogy News came along a few years later to keep family historians up to date with the surprisingly fast-moving world of Irish genealogy. Professionals and amateurs alike have come to depend upon it.
- The Septs - Outstanding publication about Irish Genealogy
- Irish Clans, Tribes and Septs - Tries to be the biggest index of freely available eBooks (or 'e-Books' if you prefer) on Irish History, Biography and Genealogy! The eBooks are listed in a wide range of categories.
- http://wordclouds.com is the simplest to use and the most flexible of all the word cloud generators I've seen, and, it's free
- If you have a Family Tree in FamilySearch.org, the web site http://treeseek.com has a namecloud function for your ancestor's first names and last names that's pretty good.
- Also http://wordle.net does word clouds from pasted-in text, but it requires Java.
Completely free, they claim. http://freeconferencecall.com. See a review of five sites that advertise free conference calls. http://fitsmallbusiness.com/best-free-conference-call-service/
Genealogy Web Site Ranking with Woorank.com
Will rate your favorite web site numerically & analyze in many ways. See if your favorite web site stands up to this scrutiny. An example is: https://www.woorank.com/en/www/eogn.org
A free genealogy web site that advertises billions of records. No images, just text results from name searches. http://familytreenow.com. Modest reviews (google FamilyTreeNow reviews)
Find out details about your city. Originally developed as a research tool for reporters to include background information. http://censusreporter.org/
Web site discussion American Migration Patterns. Recommended by James Tanner in 2014
This is a very powerful and free genealogy tool. It is similar to Ancestry.com in that it has record search and Family Tree capabilities. A separate page for this topic has been developed as well as several other links to the site,
- Google Genealogy Searching Article from Genealogy In Time Magazine.
- Guide to Google - http://googleguide.com - Will make you an "Expert" Google searcher
- Good overview course on Google search http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/ by a Google scientist.
- Focused Searches: Precede your search with the tilde symbol to limit the search to synonyms... e.g. ~genealogy
- Remove items - If you want to search for something and exclude results, add a word preceded by the dash symbol
- Exact phrase - Surround a series of words by quotes e.g. "William Cullison George"
- Search just for images http://images.google.com
- Find Clipart... Google "clipart genealogy", or use Bing.com "clipart genealogy" and find even more genealogy clipart
- Search for date ranges, add this to your query "1910..1930"
- All this was gathered from a Twitter-based on-line Internet Chat about Sources and Citations
- Internet Chat about Sources/Citations on 11 April 2014 - https://storify.com/ancestryjourney/confused-about-citations The URLs below were obtained from this chat, most from Randy Seaver.
- Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic and FTM have videos/webinars on osurce entry - watch, learn, practice. Software has help screens.
- Gen Standards of Evidence by Brenda Dougall Merriman is another reference for Sources & Citations
- Elizabeth Shown Mills citation forum https://www.evidenceexplained.com/forums/citation-issues
- Chicago Manual of Style Online Guide - chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
- Thinking Critically - http://learningcommons.ubc.ca/student-toolkits-2/thinking-critically/
- Elizabeth Shown Mills QuickCheck Models - https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/sample-quickcheck-models
- Mastering Genealogical Proof by Dr. Thomas Jones can be purchased at - http://ngsgenealogy.org
- A7 Cite It Right, 3rd Edition from SourceAid ISBN-10: 0-9771957-1-6
- GenChat (#genchat): The Twitter Party for all Genealogists - http://www.conferencekeeper.net/genchat-2014.html
- Genchat Challenge - http://ancestralbreezes.blogspot.com/2014/04/genchat-challenge-practice-makes-perfect.html
- GenChat Schedule and info: http://www.conferencekeeper.net/genchat.html
- Great Utility for creating custom calendars, very efficient - http://timeanddate.com
- Easy to use recent calendar printing - http://www.calendar-365.com/2015-calendar.html
- Great article about suggestions to create a family's history by Randy Seaver from his Blog, http://geneamusings.com
- Lulu is a great resource for publishing inexpensively. http://www.lulu.com
- Elephind.com 2.7 Million Newspapers (1.3M Australia, .9M Chronicling America, 171K Texas 300K Miscellaneous
- Comprehensive Newspaper list by James Tanner author of http://genealogysstar.blogspotl.com
- Advice on how to search newspapers for by Kimberly Powell of About.com
- Chronicling America, from Library of Congress - Listing of Newspapers all over the country. Useful just to figure out what newspapers existed in certain time periods in certain cities.
- Newspaper Library (Pay Site) - http://www.newslibrary.com
- Sutro Library of California - http://www.library.ca.gov
- The 10 Best Free U.S. Newspaper Web Sites from "theancestorhunt.com" blog article in April, 2014
- Library of Congress - Chronicling America - almost 40 states are represented and the site is growing. Over time I suspect that this will become the largest site in the country in terms of quantity.
- Old Fulton NY Post Cards - This New York state collection is amazing in that basically it has been a labor of love for one person to create it. Much admiration on my part. Oh yes - and there are over 26 million pages available.
- Google News Archive - although its searchability appears to be changed recently, it does cover a ton of smaller newspapers around the country. It remains to be seen as to whether Google will add newspapers in the future.
- Portal to Texas History - Almost 600 newspapers in this collection, and the user interface provides a nice method for honing in on the search results. Many of the newspapers have short runs, but the sheer magnitude of the collection is outstanding.
- California Digital Newspapers Collection - i have to admit to some partiality here as this is my home state and where much of my newspaper research has been conducted. However, the user interface is excellent and has a feature that most other sites don't have. Since the OCR process for very old newspapers sometimes is not very good because of the quality and condition of the source materials - this site provides registered users with the ability to correct the OCR'd text - thereby improving future searches. A genealogy "pay it forward" if you will.
- Wyoming Newspaper Project 1849-1922 - Yes - little Wyoming (in terms of population), has a terrific site. And when 336 of the some odd 500 newspapers ever published are available online - I say - good for Wyoming.
- Kentucky Digital Library - Historic Kentucky Newspapers - almost 200 newspapers and a very easy to use interface.
- Iowa - there is no centralized collection; however since the subscription-based site Newspaper Archive is headquartered in the state, there are a lot of free county-wide and library-based collections available, based on their software. The link here is to my article about the state collections and how to find them.
- Florida Digital Newspaper Library - an interesting interface, but almost 2 million pages along with several special collections as well.
- Historic Oregon Newspapers - over 100 newspapers with long runs.
- Library of Congress - Chronicling America - almost 40 states are represented and the site is growing. Over time I suspect that this will become the largest site in the country in terms of quantity.
- Susan Rush - Favorite Newspaper Sites via an email to Family Tree SIG Members - 5 May 2014
- University of Illinois
- Chronicling America (Library of Congress)
- California Digital Newspaper Collection
- Penn State University- Pennsylvania and other newspapers
- Google News Archive
- Family Search
- Online Historical Newspapers Website
- Archive.com $$$
- GenealogyBank $$$
- NewspaperArchive.com $$$
- Fold3 $$$
- University of Illinois
- Type in address to get coordinate: http://jytangledweb.org/maps/addy2gps.html
- Navigate Map to get coordates: http://jytangledweb.org/maps/getgps.html
- In Google Earth - Navigate to your location, then click on New Placemark Icon (looks like yellow stickpin), move to desired location, then copy paste L/L from the New Placemark Dialog Box
- In Google Maps - Navigate to the location, then right-click and click on "What's Here"
Social Security Death Master - Find Social Secuiry Numbers
http://sortedbybirthdate.com/ Just change the date in the URL. You might get lucky. e.g. http://sortedbybirthdate.com/pages/19150129.html
Here are my favorite "live people" search sites. If you REALLY want to find out about someone, you can find a lot by using any/all of these sites. The latest one I added is http://www.zillow.com that estimates your home's worth if you supply the address. I read about it on Dick Eastman's Blog http://www.eogn.com.
- Locate Area Codes and Reverse Phone Nbr Lookup - http://www.allareacodes.com/
- Search U.S. zip codes by address, city, or county: http://www.unitedstateszipcodes.org/
- How to Find Living People, be a Genealogy Sleuth from Pro Genealogists
- http://www.infobel.com (http://www.us-info.com this also points back to infobel - seems to be non-US oriented)
- http://instantcheckmate.com (kind of slow)
- http://www.pipl.com * Gathers from Multiple sources
- http://www.zabasearch.com * Very good
- I have generally been aware of Find A Grave but finally got around to registering and adding a few memorials of my relatives. Let me tell you, it is addictive. If you have feelings for your relative who have died, what a great way to remember them. See http://findagrave.com. Don't forget to register.
- Interment.net - Free, 6 million records
- gravelocator.cem.va.gov - military graves
- abmc.gov - maintains cemeteries, foreign cemeteries - 125k solders
Connecting with Irish History
- Ch 1 BBC The Story of Ireland - Age of Invasion
- Ch 2 BBC The Story of Irelend - Age of Conquest (Normans 12th century)
- Ch 3 BBC The Story of Ireland - Age of Revolution
- Ch 4 BBC The Story of Ireland - Age of Union
- Ch 5 BBC The Story of Ireland - Age of Nations
- S2E1 The Last of the Free. See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history. The Holy Isle of Iona is described with pleasant music
Correcting On-Line Family Trees
An excellent article by Kimberly Powell of About.com. It covers seldom-discussed on-line trees such as Ancestry's Online Family Tree, One World Tree, RootsWeb's WorldConnect Family Tree
How to Find Maiden Names
Regional Research Assistance
- "New York State Historical Association Research Library"
- "A Guide to New York Historical Resources" -
- history of New York City that covers information on Ellis Island, settlement, Ellis Island, early 20th century, modern day and other educational resources;
Find photos of Street Addresses and Values of Homes
- http://www.zillow.com - Provides real estate values.
- http://showmystreet.com - Key in street & see a picture of property via Google Maps
My wife and I have "indulged" in DNA tests (37 Marker YDNA test for me and a Y DNA test formy wife's brother's son).We found very close matches with our same surnames, but unfortunately, neither of us has done research far back enough to identify who the common relative is. There is a lot to learn about genetic genealogy, especially if you want to understand what is being tested. It's complicated and geneticists have their own terminology, A DNA SIG was started by the SRVGS group in 2012 to help us understand it. There are all kinds of web pages and web sites that can shed light on the subject. One problem is that DNA testing is expensive and, I would imagine, quite profitable for the companies that provide the testing. Therefore there's a lot of advertising and inflated clains. YDNA tests cost between $125-$175 and mitochondrial test are over $20.. Here are some good links I've run across:
- YouTube - Search for "DNA for Dummies", "DNA Explained" and "Genetic DNA Testing". e.g.this interesting video with Megan Smolenyak narrating & Chris Haley and is Scottish relative.
- SRVGS Member Bob Venter's web site - http://venter.org specifically the link to "A Short Course in Genetics".
- LAGS member Doug Mumma's surname study web site http://mumma.org
Calculate birth date from death date and age on tombstones and death certificates http://www.ovs-genealogy.com/tools/
Behind your Name
These sites can be used to discover the meaning and history of your name.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name - Full Names
- http://www.behindthename.com/ - Given Names
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Given_name - Wikipedia definition of Given Name
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surname - Surname
After being shown some TNG web sites recently, I became very interested in this software. It appears to be a very flexible way to put your personal genealogy on the Web so that potential collaborators will see it and contact you with a wealth of new information. It has been installed successfully in August, 2011 and my wife and I are experimenting with it. They came out with a version 9 earlier in 2012 and it's working well. Some example sites are: Lisa and Roger, Author's TNG Site (Darrin Lithgoe), Linda's Genealogyand the Kloosterman family. It is very cool software, only costs $30. See also a TNG web page I'm using to accumulate information about it.
Lots of info about obituaries and a bonus is many manual chart forms that you can easily download from their site map.
There appears to be a dearth of good information about the Gedcom format used to transfer genealogy data between computer programs. Maybe there's a book or web site that's so good, nobody needs to publish anything else! Well, I think that people concentrate so much on their own genealogy programs that they don't share data with other programs. So they don't have issues of sharing files between genealogy programs. I noticed a couple blog entries from geneamusings.com blog dealing with this very issue and I hunted down a couple other web sites that talk about Gedcom issues.
- Geneamusings Blog Entries
- The Seaver Source Citation Saga Compendium
- Feb 17, 2011 post about Family Tree, Legacy and Roots Magic genealogy programs and Gedcom
- FTM 2011 ==> Roots Magic and Legacy - Geneamusings Blog about inputtng sources into FTM 2011 and then attempting to export via Gedcom to Roots Magic4 and Legacy 7 databases.
- Family Treemaker Source Citations in Gedcom Files - Geneamusings Blog entry from January 24, 2011
- Wikipedia Gedcom Entry
- Gedcom from Cindi's List
- Gedcom 101 from About.com
- Rootsweb Town Search - Submit the name of a town and all States and Counties in the U.S. will be displayed.
- County Formation Maps - An excellent resource is the N2Genealogy web site by Brian Nichols. It shows when counties were formed.
Browser Access Web Sites
- Google Sites - See my Example at http://sites.google.com/site/georgefamilywebsite/
- Tribalpages.com - See my Example at http://billgeorge.tribalpages.com
- Yahoo Groups - They do, unfortunately, have a lot of advertising
Free Sites to save file
- Free FTP Web Space at Rootsweb - See my example and a local genealogy group's site I maintain.
- Skydrive.com from Microsoft - 25gb of free storage. Just need to get a hotmail account
- Box.net - Free 2gb of storage to access on your desktop
There is an excellent Ani-Map program from Goldbug.com they call the County Boundary Historical Atlas. Several web sites give credit to Ani-Map in generating their County Formation maps. One is N2Genealogy.com and another is Genealogyinc.com with an example using Pennsylvania Counties. Also, http://www.mapofus.org/ has an extensive set of Ani-map-like county formation maps. Another tool is the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (mentioned in James Tanner's Genealogysstar.blogspot.com blog. Randy Majors created a free website tool that uses this excellent Newberry source, overlaid on a Google Map. Just type in any present day US address and historical year. http://www.randymajors.com/maps.html.
He also has one for countries of the world at
Also, read two blog posts by James Tanner that cover this topic very well. Take Time for Geographic Timeline
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Growth of a Nation - Ten minute Flash "Movie" on how the country was formed from 1789 to present. Gives good overview of when states were admitted to theunion and the big battles of the day.
- Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - Four and a half minute video of how health and wealth has grown and redistributed in the last 200 years. Very instructive
- Abkebab's Map of Europe 1000 AD to present with timeline. Many other similar animated maps.
- Migration map of the U.S. from the New York Times
Ancestry has ceased publishing the Ancestry Magazine. But all back issues are available from Google Books.
This is an authoritative approach to genealogy research that is approved by Board of Certification of Genealogists. It has been documented by the Thinkgenealogy.com web site and in a Lisa Cooke Episode 20 interview of Mark Tucker. Thinkgenealogy.com has a process map and a PowerPoint explanation to demonstrate the GPS. Tip: The thinkgenealogy.com uses Web 2.0 free slideshare technology to display the PowerPoint file.
The GPS is like a Process Map. The process map outlines the steps needed to meet standards and starts with defining your research goal or step and then follow the GPS.
- Conduct a reasonably exhaustive search.
- Need a complete and accurate source citation.
- Do analysis and correlation of what you've found so that all facts correlate with each other.
- Work to resolve conflicting evidence. Use additional resources to resolve conflicts.
- Write sound, reasoned, coherent conclusions .
After using this process, when you talk to a genealogy professional about your work, you will be talking the same "language".
Discovered this map-making gadget & couldn't resist showing our travels, mostly in the U.S., Mexico & Canada and UK with some Caribbean. The web site, bighugelabs.com has ALL KINDS of artsy craftsy web pages like this, from calendar makers to comic book captions.
Travels of Bill and Diane through 2014
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To do family history research, you need to have goals and a plan.
- A good place to start learning about this is at an About.com web page, about the "Genealogy Research Plan" - http://genealogy.about.com/od/basics/a/research_plan.htm
- Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness- Volunteers help you.
- Family History Expos - Find one near you and they usually have volunteers providing expert help.
- There's a poplular book out, for $34.95 by Dan Lynch called "Google Your Family Tree"
Supporting Sites with ordering or interviews: World Vital Records | Dan Lynch | Genea Musings |
- Other Google Family Tree Search Links
- MacGen Group
- Diablo Valley Macintosh User Group, Genealogy SIG
- Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group, Mac Class taught by Pat Burrow
- Who do you think you are - NBC Friday night, 8pm.
- Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
- BYU - Family History Television - http://www.byub.org/ancestors/
- California Historical and Genealogical Society List
- California Genealogical Society - Transferred from San Francisco to Oakland
- Contra Costa County Genealogical Society meets the second Thurday of each month (except Aug) at 7pm in Concord.
- East Bay Genealogical Society of Oakland | Meetings
- 2nd Wed., 10am, Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue Oakland, CA 94602 510-531-3905
- Hayward Area Genealogical Society
- 3rd & 4th Tues., San Lorenzo Library, 6:30pm, 395 Paseo Grande. San Lorenzo, CA 94580, 510-670-6283
- Livermore-Amador Valley Genealological Society
- 2nd Mon., 7:30pm, 3400 Nevada St., Pleasanton, 94566
- Macintosh & Genealogy (MacGen.org) - User Group started by Bill George in April 2009
- 4th Sat., 1:30pm Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue Oakland, CA 94602 510-531-3905
- San Mateo Genealogical Society
- Third Wed. or Third Sat., Silicon Valley Community Foundation at 1700 South El Camino,San Mateo
- San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society
-3rd Tues 10am-12 Danville FHC, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Alamo
- Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group | Meetings
- 2nd Sat 9-11am, 875 Quince Avenue Santa Clara, California, USA (Used to be Silicon Valley PAF User Group
- Association of Professional Genealogists
- Board for Certification of Genealogists
- California Genealogical Society - Free Beginning Genealogy Lessons, 1st Saturday of the month.
- Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference
- International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists
- National Genealogical Society - Subscription to Magazine. They Have National Conference
- New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
- Southern California Genealogical Society
Very Helpful Tools when analyzing Census Record. Try googling "Census Image Templates"
- Census Tools - http://www.censustools.com - This one is EXCELLENT
- Oakland Regional Family History Center (with list of 12 Bay Area FHCs)
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, Alameda, California, United States
Hours: T, W 10am-9pm; Th, F, S 10am-4pm
- National Archives Pacific Region
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, California 94066-2350
- Sutro Library
480 Winston Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 731-4477
Fax: (415) 557-9325
- Santa Clara Central Park Library
Genealogy Collection in Heritage Pavilion
http://library.santaclaraca.gov (search for Central Park Library)
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-615-2900 Reference Desk
- Free - Personal Ancestral File (PAF) |
- $29 - Ancestral Quest | Demo (Same author as PAF)
- Free - Legacy 7.0 Standard
- $29 - Legacy 7.0 Deluxe | Demo
- $29 - Family Tree Maker
- $59 - The Master Genealogist | Demo
- $29 - Roots Magic | Demo
- Free - FamilySearch (LDS)
- Free - Rootsweb
- $29/yr - MyFamily.com
- $50/2 yrs - World Vital Records
- $59/yr - Footnote
- $240/yr US - Ancestry.com
- $360/yr US+World - Ancestry.com
- Family Graphics - Specializes in printing charts from Mac pgm, Reunion. Excellent site, good prices
- Generation Maps - The Chart Chick likes this site
- Wholly Genes Charting - From the publishers of The Master Genealogist Softwaree
- Reunion - Leisterpro.com has Message Boards with Charting Topics
- The Chart Chick
- Misbach - PDF Forms for Manual Charts
- Shoestring Genealogy Free Genealogy Logs, charts and forms
- Project Gutenberg | Wikipedia especially Thomas Darcy McGee's "The history of Ireland"
- Oreston Brownson Writings| especially a review of Thomas D'arcy McGee's "History of Irish Settlersin North America..."
- "A History of the Irish Settlers in North America from the Earliest Period to the Census of 1850" by Thomas D'Arcy McGee
- Alameda County Library System Main Site | Genealogy|
- City Libraries | Example Pleasanton has genealogy docents
- WorldCat - Worldcat.org
- Whatsasthere - http://www.whatwasthere.com/. Historical photos contributed by users
- Shutterfly - http://www.shutterfly.com I like this site because their prices are competitive and they print the file name of the picture in light blue on the back of each picture. They also have gifts for family, to print your photos on, like coffee mugs. They also allow you to create multiple free web gallery-oriented web sites. Examples are my George Campout and Pardee Picnic photo gallery web sites.
- Flickr - http://www.flickr.com - This site lets you upload your photos to their website for others to view.
- Ancestry Insider
- About.Com - Kimberly Powell
- Chart Chick Her specialty is Charting
- Dear Myrtle of the Dear Myrtle Blog
- Dick Eastman of Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter
- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
- Geneablogger - Contains a list of HUNDREDS of genealogy blogs
- Genealogy Bank Blog
- Genealogy Blog Finder
- Genealogy's Star - James Tanner - Wonderful, in depth information. FamilySearch and LDS oriented
- Genea Musings - Randy daily 's great Blog
- Genroots - Colorado Blogger, note his humor
- ION Genealogy by Brian Nichols. Also MyNicholsFamily.com
- Juliana Smith of Ancestry.com's 24/7 Family History Circle,
- Steven J Danko's Genealogy Blog
Genea Musings' Randy Seaver has daily "themes" that are useful to follow. He was kind enough to create a special daily list for us, with these categories
"Some explanations about my "theme posts" (see suggested daily genealogy blogging prompts here):"
* The Amanuensis Monday posts (amanuensis means to transcribe) may help other researchers by providing a transcription for a will, deed or other document. I am contacted occasionally by researchers who share the person for whom I've transcribed a document. Transcribing the document helps me - I often see details that I missed earlier, and leads to additional research for more family history data and documents. I've created an Amanuensis Monday page to make it easier to find these posts.
* The Tuesday Tip's post series are to help other researchers investigate genealogy resources that I discover and mention. I often explore a new genealogy website, or describe a record collection on a free or commercial website.
* The Wordless Wednesday posts are presentations of my family photographs, and an explanation of them. It seems that some of my readers have a better eye than I do, and tell me of details that I've missed. At some point, my goal is to collect these posts in family groups and produce digital books of the photos and posts.
* The Treasure Chest Thursday posts are presentations of heirlooms and documents, and my analysis of them as they pertain to my family history. When I post and transcribe or extract from them, I often learn something new that I've missed from earlier analysis. Sometimes, these posts spark a reader comment that provides more pertinent analysis, or tells me that I've helped someone.
* The Surname Saturday posts are pure "cousin bait" - somebody may do a Google search on an ancestral name and find my post, and either comment or contact me. I try to add authoritative source listings to these posts. Other researchers comment on these posts with suggestions for additional resources, or to point out problems or errors in my listings.
* The Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) posts are intended to add a little levity, challenge and fun to our genealogy week, and often lead readers to check out a new resource, test a software feature, or write a post on a specific topic.
* I often write blog posts about my current genealogy research in hopes that readers will comment on my findings, or suggest other research opportunities. I'll take help from anybody, and appreciate it. I realize that I don't know "everything" about every locality, genealogy subject or record repository collection, but am willing to learn, and sometimes my readers significantly contribute to my research effort. Some examples of crowdsourcing my genealogy research include The Whittle Research Compendium and Crowd-Sourcing Cousin Edith.
* All of these "theme" posts, and the others that fill out the week, keep me busy writing something every day, and I have fun doing them while learning something myself, helping readers with educational or challenging tips and techniques, and keeping me in the Genealogy Cave instead of out roaming the bars, bowling alleys and the mean streets of Chula Vista from early morning to late at night. Linda usually knows where I am! I do get out occasionally to genealogy society meetings (once or twice a week), cemetery excursions (rare now), and library visits (rare now), or to seminars and conferences.
See this list of daily posts at http://www.geneamusings.com/search/label/Tuesday%27s%20Tip
Podcasts are very helpful. You can play them on your mp3 player (iPod or equivalent) and learn when you have downtime traveling or waiting. You just downlod the podcasts (mp3 files) and upload to your music player. iPods and iPhones make it very easy to automatically choose and get new podcasts using iTunes.
- Cyndi's List - Podcasts
- Family Roots Radio Genealogy Hour
- Genealogy Gems - Lisa Louise Cooke Interview of Lisa
- Irish Roots Cafe - Mike O'Laughlin (Recommended by Lisa Louise Cooke)
- Genealogy Guys - George C. Morgan and Drew Smith
- Genealogy Made Easy - Lisa Louise Cooke
- Genealogy on Demand
- National Archives Podcast Series
- MySociety - FGS Podcast Series
- Family History 101 - Great Genealogy site http://familyhistory101.com/index.html - Contains much information including a nice selection of genealogy forms and how county map boundary formations evolved.
- Shoestring Genealogy - Save Money! - http://shoestringgenealogy.com/
- Geni.com - Very compelling way to share your family tree and motivate relatives to provide biographical information.
- Genetic Genealogist web site
- Surname Distribution in the world - Shows where people with your same last name are living in the world. Read about it.
- Free Genealogy Program, PAF (Personal Ancestral File) - This is an excellent, free Genealogy program from LDS. There also are help files and frequently asked questions available.
- Cyndi's List is a tremendous resource, at http://www.cyndislist.com/.
- Google Genealogy Search - There is also a clever genealogy search page using Google technology that's quite helpful at http://www.genealogy-search-help.com/index.html.
- Family Tree Searcher - This is a Multi-Site Genealogy Search utility that lets you search eight genealogy sites at once. It may save you some time. http://www.familytreesearcher.com/
- About.com. A good free resource for beginning genealogists is http://genealogy.about.com. They have podcasts and frequent email updates available as well as the web site itself.
- History of the Census
- Facebook.com Millions of users - Do a search on "Genealogy" to find friends, blogs, podcasts and web sites. Maybe get lucky and run into relatives (and maybe not).
- Self-publishing site for people who want to publish their blogs. http://www.blurb.com
- Ani-Map generated Maps from Familyhistory101 (Click on MAPS) Examples: PA Census Map | PA County Formation Maps| Antique Maps
- Google Maps - The most incredible current-day map resource on the internet
- Perry-Casteneda Map Collection - Large collection of maps from the Univ. of Texas including many from the CIA
I am working on a brick wall, trying to locate any information about my third great grandfather. I have information about my second great grandfather Samuel George, b. 1815 Indiana cty, PA, d. 1889 Mercer Cty, PA. An 1880 census record indicates that Samuel's father is from Ireland. That's all I know about him. So I'm looking into immigration from Ireland to the U.S. before 1815 and families that existed in nearby Indiana, PA. I located a William George born in Ireland, who lived close to Indiana, PA and am tracing his family. Updated Mar 2015. Fairly likely guess at given name for 2nd ggf is "William" according to Irish family naming conventions. So I'm on the trail of William George, in early Pennsylvania (1810-1830), and before. My aunt and I commissioned some work by Salt Lake City LDS Researchers and found some additional information including a will, where a William George left Samuel George land and a home in Pennsylvania. It's looking like William George may be our man.
I'm also researching the George line using Ancestry, Rootsweb, MyHeritage and FamilySearch sites.
- George Surname Origin & Last Name Meaning
- George Study
- George DNA Surname Project
- Rootsweb George Surname Mail List
- Memorabilia - Crests & gifts
- George Surname web sites on Genealogy.com
- My family is connected to Sir Godfrey Kneller, it is thought through family lore - But it isn't clear how. I have Knell surnames. To find out more Google Godfrey Kneller and visit this web site http://www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/detail.asp?ContentID=62 and the Wikipedia Page on him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_Kneller.