Cyber-Age Genealogy Kathy PetlewskiGenealogy & Local History LibrarianPlymouth District Library 2011
Starting with the basics ~ Define our terms! Let’s take a look at fee-based commercial databases. Sampling the best of the free sites… Age of digital publishing – books and blogs Role of social networking in genealogy. Genealogy on mobile devices. Topics for Today Include:
Cyber-Age Terms Defined Blog: a web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites. (Random House Dictionary) Database: A collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval by a computer. (American Heritage Science Dictionary) Digitize: To convert data or signals, such as images, text, or sound, to digital form. (American Heritage Science Dictionary) Social Network: a website where one connects with those sharing personal or professional interests, place of origin, education at a particular school, etc. (Facebook, MySpace) (dictionary.com)
Ancestry Library Edition (available only in library) Commercial Databases
Largest commercial genealogy product on the market today.
HeritageQuest Online (remote access with PDL card) Commercial Databases
28,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories.
PERSI index of over 2 million genealogy & local history articles.
Census images 1790-1930, but not all fully indexed.
Revolutionary War Pension files & Bounty-Land Warrant application files
American Ancestors (available only in library) Commercial Databases
Formerly New England Ancestors Online.
Primary focus is on New England area and New York state.
Personal histories, town histories, vital records & digitized books such as The Great Migration set.
New York Times Historic – dates include from 1851 through 2004. - full images, keyword searchable. Detroit Free Press Historic - dates include 1831 through 1922. - full images, keyword searchable. Access in library or remotely with PDL card. Historic Newspapers Online
FamilySearch.org (LDS site) FamilySearch (new): https://www.familysearch.org/ Original FamilySearch: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp Both are international in scope and have volunteer-created indexes based on vital records & original source documents. Library Catalog is included on both sites as well as research aids. Sampling Some of the Best…
Castle Garden - information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892 http://www.castlegarden.org/ Ellis Island – Search by passenger’s name or by name of ship. http://www.ellisisland.org/ Sampling Some of the Best…
Chronicling America – from Library of Congress & Nat’l Endowment for Humanities http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Family History Archive – 17,777 digitized items from a variety of libraries
http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.php Sampling Some of the Best…
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - 291,330+ links for family history! http://www.cyndislist.com/
Mocavo – world’s largest free genealogy search engine. http://www.mocavo.com/ Searching the Web
Online Communities RootsWeb – part of Ancestry.com http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ The world's largest online genealogy community with over 17 Million posts on more than 161,000 boards. GenForum - part of Genealogy.com http://genforum.genealogy.com/index.html Search by locality, by topic or by surname Post queries or answers to other’s queries. Free services, but may lead to fee-based areas.
Genealogy Blogs & Wikis FamilySearch Research Wiki - https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Main_Page
Genealogy Blogs & Wikis Genealogy Blog ~ http://www.genealogyblog.com/
Re-connect with distant relatives or those who share common interests. Find Facebook versions of popular databases/publishers Facebook | Ancestry.com Facebook | Cyndi's List Facebook | Family Tree Magazine Facebook | Footnote.com Facebook | GenealogyBank Facebook | Genealogy Group Genealogy on Facebook
Keeping Up on Twitter rjseaver Genealogy evangelist, husband, father, grandfather, Christian, Chargers... 1,199 followers marktucker Software Architect. Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 developer. UX. Scouter.... 1,666 followers worldvrecords We help you succeed with your genealogy and family history by providing... 3,080 followers michaelhait Pro genealogist - writer and lecturer 1,422 followers footnote Footnote.com helps you find and share historic documents, photos and rec... geneabloggers A passion for blogging about genealogy and family history 2,799 followers megansmolenyak genealogical adventurer who loves to solve mysteries 3,391 followers footnoteMaven A Photo Whisperer. Solving the mysteries of genealogy, old photos .. 2,375 followers FamilyTreeMag We're a how-to genealogy magazine and online community. 3,441 followers genseek GenSeek.com will soon be launching the FamilySearch Catalog 2.0, 9,631 followers
Apps for Mobile Devices Reunion for iPad - $14.99 – must already have Reunion 9.0c on your Mac. Ancestry for iPad – free – connect to your Ancestry.com account Shrubs for iPhone - $7.99 – GEDCOM viewer FamViewer for iPhone - $14.99 – GEDCOM viewer GedView for iPhone - $3.99 – GEDCOM viewer Family Bee for Android - $10 (free trial) MobileGenealogy.com - http://www.mobilegenealogy.com/ Look here for news, reviews & info on genealogy on mobile devices.
Digital Collections will continue to be released online. FamilySearch volunteers make more vital records available. Portable devices replace desktops so better genealogy apps will appear on market. Online publishing of family history books makes it easy for everyone to put info out there – some good…some not! Where Do We Go From Here?