This page contains a extensive collection of web site links I found useful, in no particular order, except for County Formation Maps, Google Searches, Living People Lookups, and Newspaper Research that I listed first. Browse and see if there's any topics that interest you, or do a "find" for something in particular. County Formation MapsThere 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 site 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. Also, read two blog posts by James Tanner that cover this topic very well. Take Time for Geographic Timeline
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"
Finding Live People 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.
The Ancestor Hunt, Newspaper Links is a delight from Kenneth R. Marks of Arizona. Arranged by state with some specialty newspapers from Canada and Australia. Many are free! Just became my favorite Newspaper site.
The Challenge of Adding Sources to Family Trees My favorite blogger James Tanner is writing a series about "The Challenge of Adding Sources to Family Trees". He has a great perspective on the topic with a trial lawyer background and years as a researcher and teacher of genealogy.
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.
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 Cemeteries/Graves
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.
DNA Testing My wife and I have "indulged" in DNA tests (Autosomal Tests with Ancestry, FTDNA and Y DNA with FTDNA for me, a Y DNA test fo rmy wife's brother's son and an autosomal test for her). We found very close Y matches with our same surnames, but unfortunately, none of our matches have done research far back enough to identify who the common relatives are. 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 and ended about 6 month later. There are many web sites that shed light on the subject. DNA testing can be 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 $200. Autosomal (so called "Family Finder") tests are more reasonable as millions are taking it, on special as low as $59 and normally about $99. Here some links I've run across:
I would say that Ancestry.com and MyHeritage have helpful sections on their web sites that focus on DNA matching and connect common individuals in uploaded family trees. This saves a great deal of effort.
TNG - The next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (version 9)
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) and the Kloosterman family. It is very cool software, only costs $30.
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.
Yahoo Groups - They do, unfortunately, have a lot of advertising
Ancestry Magazine Back Issues
Ancestry has ceased publishing the Ancestry Magazine. But all back issues are available from Google Books.
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.
Oakland Regional Family History Center (with list of 12 Bay Area FHCs) http://www.oaklandfhc.org 4766 Lincoln Avenue Oakland, Alameda, California, United States Phone: 510-531-3905 Hours: T, W 10am-9pm; Th, F, S 10am-4pm
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
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.
Podcasts 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.
George Genealogy Research 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.