My Genealogy Tools List
Every genealogist needs to know what resources and tools are on the web! So I want to provide you with the resources I use ranging from blogs to software and genealogy sites, I hope this list blesses you, and once again I want to wish you a happy Christmas and a happy New Year!
- Gone But Not Forgotten – resource for both research and publication of genealogy data.
- Surname Site – genealogy information with names, articles, and links.
- Ancestors – a family history and genealogy television series.
- Ancestors’ Attic – tips, tools, charts, forms, vital records, newspapers, maps, libraries, etc. . . for beginners & the experienced alike.
- Ancestry.com Genealogy Research
- Ben Carter’s Genealogy Page
- Brother’s Keeper Genealogy – genealogy program to help you organize your family information.
- Chalcraft Family History and Genealogy Tips – tips for the beginning genealogist and information on some specific surnames.
- Clippings – genealogy resources and research services.
- Coats of Arms – Designs of Wonder – various coats of arms are displayed here in full color.
- Common Threads – searchable database of surname queries.
- Cyberancestors – forum for exchange of family history and links to other genealogy sites.
- Dave’s Root Cellar Genealogy Starting Point – for all experience levels. Many hard-to-find genealogy links and unexpected resources available through here.
- DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Page – excerpts from the daily column on AOL.
- Documentation and Publications – how to document and publish Genealogy and Family History, with listings of scholarly Internet tools, resources and examples.
- Families of Cumberland Co. Nova Scotia – family lineage for Furlong, Thompson, Gilroy, Porter, Mills, Dow, Brooks, Siddall, and others.
- Family History Research Register – searchable surname database with email links.
- Family History Technology Laboratory – lab at Brigham Young University focusing on developing computing technologies for family history research.
- Family Name
- Family Web – suggested public-domain HTML format for displaying family trees/genealogy on the WWW.
- FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service – search the Family History Library’s database, which contains millions of names; a project of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
- Francois Velde’s Heraldry Site – hundreds of articles, images, and links on heraldry from the Middle Ages to the present and around the world.
- Free-B-Kins – web graphics for genealogy lovers. Individual pics, templates and thematic groups.
- Genchat – message board for genealogists.
- GENDEX – an enterprise devoted to advancing the progress of family history and genealogy research on the World Wide Web.
- Genealogy and History – genealogy links to all internet resources.
- Genealogy Anthology – including epitaphs, quotes, and poems.
- Genealogy Exchange & Surname Registry
- Genealogy for All – genealogy research for all surnames.
- Genealogy Forum on AOL – family history, Civil War history, surname center, file library, genealogy chat, beginners’ help, and more.
- Genealogy Helplist – volunteers are willing to help others by looking up specific items at institutions near them, or help supply other information easily accessible to them.
- Genealogy Home Page, The
- Genealogy Hotline – intended to help answer your family tree questions.
- Genealogy Infocenter
- Genealogy Is… – searchable databases links and resources.
- Genealogy Junction – contains basic information on over fifty families and more are added all the time. Includes first names, locations, and life spans.
- Genealogy Page
- Genealogy Potpourri – cemetery transcriptions, wills, census abstracts, Bible records and more.
- Genealogy Software Springboard – contains user reviews of genealogy software programs; program description, contact, info, system requirements & more are listed.
- Genealogy Trading Post – find someone who needs research where you are and trade research work with them.
- Genealogy’s Most Wanted – surnames and all known and available information on a person that is “most wanted”.
- Genealogy.com – including surname searches, introduction to researching, message boards and links.
- GeneaNet – genealogy database of surnames dating before 1850.
- GenForum – online genealogy forum with topics ranging from specific surnames to regions of the world.
- GenRoots Genealogy Gateway – volunteer project offering state, county and surname sites.
- GenSwap – post queries, data swaps, links to online data, and professional genealogists.
- GenTutor – This page is for genealogists, family historians, and persons interested in American history and geography. It offers advice and links to related home pages.
- Ginny’s Genealogy Attic – information for the genealogical researcher, including searchable queries, family reports, census reports, cemetery reports, will abstracts, and other resources.
- Guide to the Merghelynck Fonds – A short guide to the Merghelynck Fonds. Based on a text by Kristof Papin.
- International Internet Genealogical Society University – genealogical research in Australia, with online classes available for researching your family history on the Internet.
- Internet Genealogy – information on Polish, German, German-Prussian, German-Russian, Prussian & Irish information on the internet.
- Irene’s Gemealogy Web Page – also Fitzgerald, Lebart, Monrian, Turnier, Wasko, and Wuest.
- Irolee’s Genealogy Place
- Jolts Genealogy Magazine – hub for researchers looking to share not only their data, but their concerns and problems.
- Kent Peterson’s Genealogy Trading Post – family history research tool maintained by Kent Peterson.
- Knot System, The – a new method to visualize and document simple and complex relations based on bisexual reproduction. It is a numeric notation of relationship.
- Linkages Kinship DataSets Project – A collection of datasets from around the world, provided by various social science researchers, and provided in visual form (called “P-Graph”s). Project headed by Douglas R. White Ph.D.
- Lost Husbands Guide to On-Line Genealogy – news, reviews, activities, and more.
- Lutheran Roots Genealogy Exchange – research and share tips.
- Mathematics Genealogy Project – with the goal to list all individuals who have received a doctorate in mathematics.
- Mayflower Genealogy and History – contains passenger lists, genealogies on Mayflower passengers, lots of historical documents, and information about the Pilgrims’ lives and times.
- Mountain Heritage – Descendant Of The Cumberland – devoted to ancestors from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
- News Stand – information, and links for genealogy columns that accept queries and announcements.
- Notorious Ancestors – chronicles the exploits of famous or not-so-famous ancestors.
- Olive Tree Genealogy – information about researching Irish, Dutch, German/Palatine and ancestors; passenger lists for many ships including the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
- Oral History Questions
- Pam’s Genealogy Page – including information on Civil War and Canadian genealogy.
- Phil Smith’s Genealogy Page – devoted to people researching the same surnames, so they can swap files on the same surnames and make there research a little easier.
- RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative – RootsWeb resources: 100,000-entry Roots Surname List, ROOTS-L Resources and State pages, Olive Tree Genealogy ship lists, and much more.
- RootsWeb Surname List – searchable registry of surnames.
- Search Your Surname On The Web – surname & genealogical searches of the world wide web with specialized online listing resources.
- ShadCat’s Free Genealogy Listings – find your roots, add a link to your genealogy related site.
- Southern Edge Genealogy – resources including census records, cemetery transcriptions, marriage and military records.
- Trails of Time – includes almost 1,000 surnames in a searchable index, as well as wills, cemetery listings and more for serious genealogists.
- Traveller Southern Families
- Tribes, Clans, Families and Genealogy – searchable genealogy site with query board, add your URL, family history and reviewed genealogy homepage links.
- USGenWeb Project – consisting of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state in the US.
- Vital Records Information State Index
- WBS Genealogy Chat – Webchat Broadcasting System Channel.
- World Roots Genealogy Archive – information and resources for genealogy research.
- Yigal Rechtman: Mostly Genealogy – genealogy resources: Lomza, Poland; Augustow/Augostow, Austria; Chicago Cemetery Index.
- Your Past Connections – search a database of family documents, birth and marriage certificates, photos, and other history and genealogy related items found at flea markets, garage sales, and auctions.
Genealogy on Second Life
Is Second Life the Next Wave of Genealogy Socialization?
Announcement: Instead of Family and Friends Friday I will be doing a new blogging prompt called Second Life Saturday where I help you get connected to Genealogy things on the Virtual World of Second Life which is assisting folks to connect in the real world and get genealogy done!
Have you heard of Second Life? Second Life is a game that was created by Linden Labs in California. They have created a game called Second Life. This game is a virtual world where in essence you can be what you want to be. On Second Life I play a personna called Aries Wingate (I love the name Aries, and Wingate just sounds regal).
Who is Aries Wingate of Second Life?
I’m glad you asked, well you probably did not, but I love talking about Second Life! My avatar’s name I made up, and in essence, i heard about LDS groups and Genealogists on Second Life. I don’t have many friends I hang out with in everyday life because of work and another service. But when I’m at home bored I can instantly plug into this world and play a dashing young man (i made his looks but adding different parts bought in a market), and on there I’m a little bolder because of a lack of risk!
So my character is a real estate mogul (which pays real American dollars $$$) building and selling real estate in this virtual world. On top of that I’m able to roleplay going to college (Go Woodcrest Beavers!) I’m on the college basketball team something this shorty could never do! I’m also pledging Delta Alpha Mu a Fraternity, all of these things make the game fun. But why would I talk about this game on Genealogy Gangster?
Second Life – The Place where Genealogists Hang
So, I joined Second Life to take part in a Star Trek sim called United Federation Starfleet. However, i was surprised to find a living and thriving religious community called Zarahemla. And there I found out that Genealogists get together online! I went to the Family History Center in the area of Zarahemla first and had fun getting connected there.
Then I went to the Society of Professional Genealogists I think is their name, don’t kill me if I butchered it. But this group is very sophisticated; they even have a group on second life. A bonafide chapter online. So no longer can we state as an excuse that there are no societies near us, if you have a halfway decent computer or smartphone you can connect to Second Life and get together with some of us online.
I for one had wanted to join a society for Genealogists for some time. Second Life is offering me that opportunity to be a part of a real and legit society for genealogists the American Society of Professional Genealogists. Along with others as well. I am excited to be able to join and enjoy meeting with other professionals. Check out a few of these links today!
• http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zarahemla/128/128/0 – Zarahemla where I found an LDS Community Thriving!
• https://slvirtualgenealogy.org – The Second Life Virtual Genealogy Society (One I am joining ASAP)
• http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Assiettes/106/83/50 Live Roots Genealogy Zone (They are open to Genealogists of all sorts)
• https://my.secondlife.com/kenvincible303 (My Profile on Second Life)
Genealogy is breaking glass ceilings and barriers. I can’t wait to meet many of my Second Life Friends at RootsTech in First life! I am excited about RootsTech beyond belief! Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be speaking, and I hope that I can interview him as I will be a member of the press corps for the event. I hope to see you there!