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Presentation given on October 5, 2013. Presentation rounds up and examines the best genealogy websites of 2013 available for researchers to use. List includes paid and free websites.

Presentation given on October 5, 2013. Presentation rounds up and examines the best genealogy websites of 2013 available for researchers to use. List includes paid and free websites.

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  • FindMyPast - $50 value add membership with SGS/annual; $10 day pass; Site offers tons of British records including the complete English Census from 1841-1911 as well as passenger lists Origins Network – site specializes in hard-to-find records including National Wills index; 1841, 1861 and 1871 censuses; Griffith’s Valuation tax census and 1841 & 1901 Dublin city censuses – Irish genealogy
  • Digitalarkivet – offers census and parish records; the place to begin your Norwegian genealogy research; The 1910 Norwegian census is now available at this record-packed site from the National Archives of Norway, joining the enumerations from 1801, 1865, 1875 and 1900 Swedish National Archives – offers the 1880, 1890 & 1900 census records Arkividigital – nearly complete collection of Swedish parish records Finnish Family History Association – images of original church records (communion books)
  • Danish Demographic Database – “Emigrants” section offers searchable list of Danes who left Denamkr from 1869 to 1908; site also offers census records - Here you can search nearly 13 million census records and 400,000 emigration records, 1868 to 1908
  • HalGal - Genealogy of Halychyna/Eastern Galicia; starting point for anyone doing genealogical research in Western Ukraine/Eastern Galicia EastEuropeGenWeb – free online data repository for queries, family histories & source records
  • Federation of East European Family History Societies – organized in 1992; website contains a resource directory with links to organizations, databases & an extensive online map library (free to view)

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  • 1. Best Genealogy Websites of 2013 May P. Chan Prairie History Librarian, Regina Public Library Presented October 5, 2013 SGS Conference, Moose Jaw, SK © 2013
  • 2. Why do you need this list? Selection criteria “The Usual Suspects” “Journey Around the World” Canada, United States, UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand Something Extra… Conclusion Outline
  • 3. Why do you need this list?  Not all genealogy websites are the same Paid (monthly vs per image) vs Free (search vs full record) Database vs Index Nominal Searching vs Geographic Searching Different Creators - Institutions vs Individuals  List of online resources is not meant to replace “traditional” formats like books & microfilm. Rather the list is meant to be used “in addition to” and is meant to help save you time and money  List features both paid ($) and free web resources
  • 4. Selection Criteria Offers the most authoritative and trustworthy websites to use for genealogy How did I select the best genealogy websites for you to use? Annual “Best of” featured on the Family Tree website Magazines such as Internet Genealogy & Family Chronicle Various genealogy blogs Tips from other genealogists Personal experience helping patrons
  • 5. “The Usual Suspects”  These websites consistently top the “Best of the Best” online resources to use: Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com or http://www.ancestry.ca) - $ Helpful Tip!!! Check with your public library to see if they provide access to Ancestry Library Edition (library’s equivalent to Ancestry.com) FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org) – FREE Cyndi’s List (portal; http://www.cyndislist.com/) – FREE World Vital Records (www.worldvitalrecords.com) - $
  • 6. Ancestry + FamilySearch = A Very Good Combo!!! Ancestry largest paid genealogy resource  US census records  State census records  Vital records  England census records  Scotland census records  Canada census records  1921 Canadian Census!!! Searchable only by location at the present moment Prairie census records Incoming passengers lists FamilySearch largest free genealogy resource  Saskatchewan  Homestead files (look under SK Provincial Records!)  Probate Estate records from 1887-1931 (SGS volunteer project)  Other countries’ records!  Austria, Belgium, Russia, South Africa, China, India, Brazil, Argentina, etc.
  • 7. Tip #1: Ancestry Insider Blog http://www.ancestryinsider.blogspot.com
  • 8. Another Great Site to Consider… Internet Archive http://archive.org/index.php My favorite tool – archived websites!
  • 9. Internet Archive Non-profit digital library offering books, articles, movies, and audio recordings – Best part, all of the content is FREE!!! Hidden genealogy resources US Census Records – 1790-1940 (not indexed) city directories yearbooks local and family histories
  • 10. Henderson City Directory – Saskatoon 1911
  • 11. Oh Canada!  Canadian Genealogy Centre, Library and Archives Canada (http://www.genealogy.gc.ca) - FREE  Canadian GenWeb (portal; http:// www.canadagenweb.org) – FREE  Automated Genealogy (census; http:// www.automatedgenealogy.com) – FREE  Peel’s Prairie Provinces (newspapers & city directories; http://www.peel.library.ualberta.ca) – FREE  Manitobia (newspapers, maps & books; http://manitobia.ca/content/en) - FREE
  • 12. Oh Canada! Continued…  OurRoots (local history books; http://ourroots.ca) - FREE  Canadian County Atlases (ON county atlases; http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas) – FREE  Canadiana (historical materials; http://canadiana.ca/en/home) – $  Hudson’s Bay Archives (biographical sheets; http:// www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/biographical/index ) - FREE  Google News Archives (http://news.google.com /newspapers) - FREE
  • 13. Oh Canada! Continued…  Olive Tree Genealogy (portal; http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/index.shtml) - FREE Definitely check out the site’s passenger lists links!!!
  • 14. America Land of Plenty National Archives and Records Administration (1940 census, military & immigration records; http://www.archives.gov/ ) – FREE US GenWeb Project (portal; http:// usgenweb.org/) – FREE HeritageQuest Online (census, local histories, & Freedman Bank records; http:// www.heritagequestonline.com) - $ but FREE access for Regina Public Library card holders!!!
  • 15. America – Continued… Ellis Island (immigration; http:// www.ellisisland.org) – FREE Castle Garden (immigration; http:// castlegarden.org) – FREE Distant Cousins (city directories & school yearbooks; http://www.distantcousin.com) – FREE Chronicling America (newspapers; http:// chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/) – FREE GenealogyBank (newspapers; http:// www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/) - $
  • 16. America – Continued…  Digital Public Library of America (newspapers, photos & maps; http://dp.la/) – FREE
  • 17. America – Continued… Fold3 (military records, newspapers & city directories; http://www.fold3.com/) - $ but their War of 1812 Pension files are FREE Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR lineage records; http://dar.org/) – FREE Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (land records; http:// www.glorecords.blm.gov/) - FREE Find a Grave (cemetery records; http:// www.findagrave.com/) - FREE
  • 18. Jolly Ol’ England  FindMyPast (http://www.findmypast.co.uk/) - $ but FREE with valid SGS membership Note: FindMyPast recently added Canadian history books to its World Collection!  Free BMD (UK civil registration; http:// freebmd.rootsweb.com) – FREE  UK National Archives (immigration, wills and military; http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) - FREE  Origins Network (wills; http://www.origins.net/) - $  Genuki (portal; http://genuki.org.uk) – FREE
  • 19. Jolly Ol’ England – Continued…  Historical Directories of UK (http:// www.historicaldirectories.org/hd) - FREE  Deceased Online (cemetery records; http:// www.deceasedonline.com) - $  British Newspaper Archive, 1700s-1900s (http:// www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/) - $  Commonwealth War Graves Commission (British Commonwealth; http://www.cwgc.org/) – FREE  The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 (Criminal law proceedings, http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/) - FREE
  • 20. Let’s not forget about Wales…  The National Library of Wales  Wills (http://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=487) - FREE  Welsh Newspapers Online (http:// www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=4723) - FREE
  • 21. Scotland to “Emerald Isle” ScotlandsPeople (Scottish census & BMDs; http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) - $ Scottish Emigration Database (immigration; http://abdn.ac.uk/emigration) - FREE National Archives of Ireland (Irish census; http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/) – FREE Irish Family History Foundation (census & BMDS; http://www.rootsireland.ie) - $
  • 22. “Land of the Vikings”  Digitalarkivet (Norwegian census, probate & parish; http://arkivverket.no/eng/content/view/full/629) – FREE  Swedish National Archives (Swedish census; http://www.svar.ra.se) – FREE  Arkividigital (Swedish parish records; http://www.arkivdigital.net) – $  Finnish Family History Association (FFHA) (Finnish church & census; http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/index_eng.htm) – FREE
  • 23. “Land of the Vikings”  Danish Demographic Database (Danish census & church; http://www.ddd.dda.dk/ddd_en.htm) - FREE
  • 24. “Europa” WieWaeWie (Dutch census & civil registers; https://www.wiewaswie.nl) - FREE  Greek Genealogy (portal; http://www.greekgenealogy.org) – FREE JewishGen (cemetery; http://www.jewishgen.org) - FREE HalGal (portal for Western Ukraine & Galicia; http://www.halgal.com) – FREE EastEuropeGenWeb (portal; http://www.rootsweb.com/~easeurgw) – FREE
  • 25. “Europa” - Continued Federation of East European Family History Societies (portal; http://feefhs.org) – FREE
  • 26. “Europa” - Continued PolandGenWeb (portal; http:// www.rootsweb.com/~polwgw/polandgen.html) - FREE Black Sea German Research (family trees & maps; http://blackseagr.org) – FREE Atlas of the German Empire by Ludwig Ravenstein (1883 German map; http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/ravenstein) – FREE Bremen Passenger Lists, 1920-1939 (Germany; http://passengerlists.de/) - FREE
  • 27. “Down Under”  Trove, National Library of Australia (newspapers; http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper) - FREE Nice feature – geographical interface!
  • 28. “Down Under” - Continued  Australian Cemetery Index (http:// austcemindex.com/) – FREE  Australian War Memorial (military indexes; http:// www.awm.gov.au/) - FREE  Papers Past (New Zealand newspapers; http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast )– FREE  Websites of New Zealand Cemeteries ( http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ ) - FREE
  • 29. “Something Extra” General Reference – Encyclopedias & Dictionaries  The Canadian Encyclopedia ( www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com) – FREE  Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan ( http://www.esask.uregina.ca/) – FREE  Rudy’s List of Archaic Medical Terms – ( http://www.antiquusmorbus.com/) - FREE General Reference - Maps  Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/) – FREE  Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection ( http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/) – FREE
  • 30. “Something Extra” - Continued Keeping Organized Free Genealogy Forms and Charts (http:// www.genealogysearch.org/free/forms.html) – FREE GenSoftReviews (genealogy software; http:// www.gensoftreviews.com) – FREE CNET (software and hardware; http://www.cnet.com/ ) – FREE Dropbox (cloud computing; www.dropbox.com) - FREE Evernote (online note taking; www.evernote.com) - FREE Online-Convert (file conversions; www.online-convert.com) - FREE
  • 31. “Something Extra” - Continued Staying Up-to-Date  Dick’s Eastman’s Newsletter (http:// blog.eogn.com/) – FREE  Genealogy in Time Newsletter (http:// www.genealogyintime.com/index.html) - FREE  Dear Myrtle (http://blog.dearmyrtle.com) – FREE  Genealogy Blog Finder (http:// blogfinder.genealogue.com/) – FREE
  • 32. Staying Up-To-Date – Continued… Genealogy Guys (http://www.genealogyguys.com) - FREE
  • 33. Contact: Email: maychan@reginalibrary.ca http://www.slideshare.net/maychan Thank-you!