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Discover the top genealogy websites for family history research in this "Top Genealogy Websites for the 21st Century" PowerPoint deck.

This slide presentation lists many modern genealogy research websites that offer ample genealogical resources you can use to uncover and store information about your family tree online.

The genealogy website PPT presentation was delivered by Tom Kemp of GenealogyBank.com at the 2013 Family History Expo conference in St. George, Utah.

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Top Genealogy Websites for the 21st Century Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Top Ten 21st CenturyGenealogy Websites Thomas Jay Kemp Director of Genealogy Products GenealogyBank.com Family History Expos 23 February 2013
  • 2. Ancestry.com
  • 3. Ancestry.com• Essential Tool – Mission Critical • Ancestry – FamilySearch – Pinterest - Facebook • „Permanent‟ record sites• Makes it fun & easy• Put your family history here• Begin with first generation where the couple have both passed away• Put everything you know about the family online – Hold nothing back – Photos, documents• Encourage your relatives to participate• Your tree can‟t be changed
  • 4. Facebook.com
  • 5. Facebook.com• Essential Tool – Mission Critical • Ancestry – FamilySearch – Pinterest - Facebook • „Permanent‟ record sites• Put your family history online• Essential for children, grandchildren - Magnet for cousins – Photos, documents – Explain why they are essential – Practical; appropriate• Connect with your extended „living‟ family
  • 6. Facebook.com
  • 7. Family Photos, Clippings
  • 8. Robert & Abigail (Haskell) Starbird
  • 9. Garcelon.Free.fr
  • 10. Garcelon site
  • 11. Site included scans of original documents
  • 12. FamilySearch.org
  • 13. FamilySearch.org• Essential Tool – Mission Critical • Ancestry – FamilySearch – Pinterest - Facebook • „Permanent‟ record sites• Keep family tree on both Ancestry & FamilySearch – keep both current• Put up everything – sources, photos
  • 14. FamilySearch.org– 700 Million Digital Images– 2 billion transcribed records– 3 billion searchable name– Census • Federal • State Census: FL, MA, SD, WI– Vital Records • AZ, GA. ID, IL, LA, MI, PA, UT, WV, WA, WI and more– International • Census; Parish Registers; Vital Records
  • 15. FamilySearch.org
  • 16. FamilySearch: Family History Books http://books.familysearch.org/• Your library on demand – 24/7• 40,000 genealogies & local histories – and growing• Can search on every word• Can download page or complete book• Permanent URL• Books from many libraries, individuals• Can upload your “book” – permanent site
  • 17. FamilySearch: Research Wiki https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page• Essential Tool• Best one-stop source – Tips, How to, Where to• Links to FamilySearch Collections; outside sources• English, German, Spanish, etc.• Books from many libraries, individuals• Like having an on call librarian 24/7
  • 18. FamilySearch: Research Wiki https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page
  • 19. Find-A-Grave https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page• Essential Tool• Crowdsourced – be a part of it• Also searchable through Ancestry.com• English, German, Spanish, etc.• Books from many libraries, individuals• Like having an on call librarian 24/7
  • 20. Find-A-Gravehttps://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page
  • 21. Find-A-Gravehttps://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page
  • 22. GenealogyBank.com
  • 23. GenealogyBank www.GenealogyBank.com– Best source for old newspapers on the planet! • Newspapers – 1690 to Today • Over 6,500 newspapers – All 50 States– Government Documents, Books & Reports • US Serial Set • American State Papers • US Army Register; Navy Register; etc.– Over 219 million obituaries & death records
  • 24. GenealogyBank.com Newspapers Over 6,500 Newspapers 95% of Newspapers ONLY Found on GenealogyBank.com All 50 States, 1690 - Today Over 1.4 Billion Records
  • 25. Discover Your Ancestors in Newspapers Spanish language, French, German etc. African American Newspapers Irish American Newspapers Small Town & Big City Papers
  • 26. Obituaries Largest Obituary Collection Online Over 219 Million Obituaries and Death Records
  • 27. Birth & Marriage Notices Millions of Birth & Marriage Records Small Town and Big City Newspapers Millions of Records Added Each Month
  • 28. Books.Google.com
  • 29. Google Book Search http://books.google.com• Millions of books – Over 1 million genealogies & local histories• Can search on every word• Can download book and retain searchability• Permanent URL• Can create your own “library” on Google Books or your own computer
  • 30. http://books.google.com/
  • 31. http://books.google.com/
  • 32. http://books.google.com/
  • 33. GoogleBook Searchhttp://books.google.com
  • 34. GoogleBook Searchhttp://books.google.com
  • 35. GoogleBook Searchhttp://books.google.com
  • 36. Archive.org
  • 37. Internet Archive www.Archive.org• More than 3.9 million books – Over 400,000 genealogies & local histories• Can search on every word• Can download book and retain searchability• Permanent URL• Books from many libraries• Can create your own “library” on your computer• Can upload your “book” – permanent site
  • 38. www.archive.org
  • 39. Over 1,600 city directories
  • 40. Over 1,600 city directories
  • 41. ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov
  • 42. Library of Congress Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/• Project to digitize US newspapers• 5.2 million pages• 1836-1922• 26 States• Slow build
  • 43. Library of Congress Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
  • 44. Pinterest.com
  • 45. Pinterest http://pinterest.com/• Essential Tool – Mission Critical • Ancestry – FamilySearch – Pinterest - Facebook • „Permanent‟ record sites• Organize the photos of your family history• Create „Boards‟ • Towns where they lived • Heirlooms • Photos describing an event • Photos that tell their story • Generally not for personal/portrait photos
  • 46. Pinteresthttp://pinterest.com/
  • 47. Pinteresthttp://pinterest.com/
  • 48. Scribd.com
  • 49. Scribd http://www.scribd.com/• Put „your story‟ online• Family History • Put your research reports online • Change & Update - often• Every word searchable – Google, Bing etc.• Make your family history easy to find
  • 50. Scribdhttp://www.scribd.com/
  • 51. Scribdhttp://www.scribd.com/
  • 52. Scribdhttp://www.scribd.com/
  • 53. USGenWeb.org
  • 54. U.S. GenWeb Project http://usgenweb.org/• Started in 1996• Consistently valuable • Crowdsourced • Uneven • Changed & Updated - often• Feels like yesterday – but you need it today
  • 55. U.S. GenWeb Project http://usgenweb.org/
  • 56. Thank YouThomas Jay KempDirector of Genealogy ProductsGenealogyBank.comFamily History Expos23 February 2013