Message Boards, Forums, etc.
There are a number of web sites where you find places to see what others are researching, and post your queries. Some of these pertain to family names, geographic locations such as states or counties, or various topics such as Quaker, Jewish, or Native American. Some of them have search capabilities to search for keywords within the forum.
Email is a great facilitator in doing research. On can save enormous amounts of time and send large amounts of data or published material in a few moments. Email is not just for E-Notes. You can send long letters with much information and can likely convert or attach your present research files and share them across the globe.
I suggest using POP3 Email as opposed to Web Mail, so you can more easily save copies of what message you are receiving. What I do to save space in my Computer is to append all my email pertaining to a particular surname into one, or a few, files, so that I end up managing a smaller number of files.
Some Favorite Links for Genealogy on the Web
When you find something at one of the web sites, try to contact the submitter of the information. Sometimes the submitter has a great deal of genealogical or biographical information that did not make it onto their web site. Email is really great because huge amounts of information can be transmitted in a short period of time for very little expense. If you aren't able to find the submitter at the given address, sometimes one of the phone directory tools such as http://infospace.com can be useful.
- http://www.familysearch.org, a trial run of the LDS Family History Center's FAMILY SEARCH computer databases. You can download the new Windows version of the Personal Ancestral File v5.0 (PAF 5.0) genealogy database software for FREE! Just click "Order/Download Products" and look for the "Software Downloads -Free" link. (or you may purchase PAF on CD for about $6)
- LDS Family History Center locations (some smaller FHCs not listed here)
- A more comprehensive list at GenHomepage's unofficial FHC List
- Valley Forge, PA Family History Center, in Broomall, Delaware County, PA
- GENDEX, Gene Stark's index of names linked to genealogy web pages
-- If your names are not in the GENDEX, how can others find them?
-- How to submit your text web page names to the GENDEX
- What's Really New In Genealogy Home Pages
- Tim Doyle's Index of searchable surname and family databases
- Family Finder Index of names in Family Tree Maker's CD Databases
- Internet Family Finder, Family Tree Maker's internet genealogy search engine
- The Computerized Ancestor, parent index Yates Pub.'s Family Group Sheet Exch.
- RootsWeb ROOTS-L Surname lists, by year and geographic areas, submitter info
- RootsWeb, web sites, mailing lists, forums, message archives, etc.
- RootsWeb's Guide to
Tracing Family Trees, where to begin
- Everton Publishers of Genealogical Helper magazine, On-line Search of names
- Genealogy SF, Software, other tools, and hundreds of links
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the
Internet; (her personal site)
- Cyndi's Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit, You can do it!
- Helm's Genealogy Toolbox and links
- Ancestry, publishers of Genealogical Computing magazine, web links
- Genealogical Journeys In Time, with links to pages and tools
- Rand Genealogy Club
- GENWEB, State, County, City, Town resources for locality specific research
- GenServ, a 15 Million name GEDCOM system- 11400+ subscriber files
- Surname Springboard an index of Surname html databases
- Genealogy Gateway Over 49,000 Genealogy & History Resource listings
- National GEDCOM Exchange from S-K Publications
- Geneanet English language & International
- Geddex Gedcom files indexed by surnames
- GenForum Surname query postings
- National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.
- NEHGS web site, including circulating family genealogy titles
- Higginson Book Co., re-publishes many, many copyright-expired family, locality and topic genealogies
- Ships to America, Thomas Langford's Ships & Passengers info & links
- Ships List at DistantCousin.com
- Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, A project to post unpublished passenger lists
- Locating Ships Passenger Lists - A short article by Myra Vanderpool Gormley
- IIGS, International Internet Genealogical Society, Newsletter
- Heritage Quest / American Genealogical Lending Library (AGLL) - CD reference resources
- The Olive Tree Genealogy, Dutch, Palatine, Huguenot, Canadian and various other heritage topics
- The Obituary Daily Times, Index of published obituaries
- Prodigy Internet's Genealogy section
- Heraldry on the Internet, reference books, organizations, family arms, tools
Some new, recently added links:
Web Page or Text Translator Web Sites
There are a number of web sites where you may enter a web address URL or text into a form to have it translated immediately. (There are also links professional translation services available from some of the sites)
- Try Microsoft's new Bing Translator, www.bing.com/translator
The Langenberg.Com site, http://translation.langenberg.com/, has a number of translator engines on its site that do translation to and from English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Danish & Italian.
- The AltaVista Babelfish web site, http://babelfish.altavista.com, does translation to and from English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Using Internet Search Engines to Find Ancestors
With these Search Engines, in addition to using names and places in your query, try using words that are commonly found in genealogy databases IN FRONT OF the names you are searching for, such as: surnames, persons, father, mother, spouse, b., d., md., born, died, married, family, marriage, etc. Some of the Search Engines have "search tips" pages; suggestions to help you get better results. If you have on your own web site, submitting the URL to various search engines will help others find your web pages, thereby enabling correspondence.
For a quick search of a number of search engines all at once, try...
(***For a more thorough search, use the engines separately***)
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