Genealogy Resources Online


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Presentation for Hopewell Valley Seniors Connect covering the "big" (free and subscription) resources for online genealogical/family research.

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  • Not a genealogist Genealogy [the record keeping of vitals, tracing lineages to account for kinsip] is one tool in collecting one’s family history -- family history includes additional details of lives and historical content
  • * The best place to start isn’t really on the Internet – get your ducks in row first! As with any research project, prepare and map out your strategy: Focus your goals – why are researching your family? Binders, steno pads, black ink pens, pencils, etc. Copies of helpful forms Four Generation Pedigree Chart Family Group Sheets (via ) Begin with you – connecting what you know with the Four Generation Pedigree Chart Talk to those relatives that may have leads to family history details.
  • Focus your goals – why are researching your family? Medical history? Interested in verifying family’s origins? Etc.
  • Binders, steno pads, black ink pens, pencils, etc. Copies of helpful forms Four Generation Pedigree Chart Family Group Sheets (via ) Begin with you – connecting what you know with the Four Generation Pedigree Chart Talk to those relatives that may have leads to family history details.
  • * The best place to start isn’t really on the Internet – get your ducks in row first! Begin with you – connecting what you know with the Four Generation Pedigree Chart Talk to those relatives that may have leads to family history details. Your Birth Cert,year books, photos, diplomas [you’ll want this for fam members also] Memories of places you’ve visited Family stories shared down the family line
  • Fully loaded includes: --> Show card catalog -- variety of collections search with catherine e. lebre
  • Select specific records/resources U.S. collections include federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records. Canadian collections U.K. collections Other international collections include German census, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more. Military collections include records from the colonial to the Vietnam era. Multimedia collections house files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels. Does NOT include: * Family Trees * Historical Newspaper Collection * Family and Local History Collection * Obituary Collection * Periodical Source Index (PERSI) * Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (PLI) * Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) * Freedman's Bank Records
  • General all-database search Soundex = phonetic algorithm for indexing names by sound, as prounced in English. The goal is fo rnames with the same pronunciation to be encoded the same -- and can be matched despite minor spelling differences First official census in 179 0 --> every ten years ; 1890 census was destroyed in a fire [1921] -- can fill in gaps looking at 1880 then 1900 census 194 0 census will become available in April 2012 --> 72 year privacy law
  • Magnifier can be downloaded Print off image Hand written has been transcribed Sex, Color, Race, Age Age of first marriage Where born -- themselves and parents School/College Read/Write Year of immigration Trade/industry Un/employed Military experience
  • Description: The Heritage Quest Online database consists of six core data sets : U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every existant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 140 million names. Genealogy and local history books deliver more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. Titles have been digitized from our own renowned microform collections, as well from the American Antiquarian Society via an exclusive partnership. Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800. Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era. Freedman’s Bank Records , with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War. LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information. [contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports. ]
  • FamilySearch ( ) is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, offers free access to digital images of genealogical records. These images can be searched along with a number of databases … . Show record search Anna Betar -- narrow with birth, death, etc. Census record -- sam betar 193O Location search
  • RootsWeb ( ) The primary purpose and function of is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on are designed to facilitate such connections. Connect and share information via: Mailing Lists - show van scoyoc on mailing list Message Boards -- show searches, and categories -- surname vanschaick -- post questions re: dead end searches re: specific kin -- call for llineage, etc. Annotate SSDI Records RootsWeb Surname List WorldConnect Project (family tree sharing) Like researchers come together to help each other in their pursuit for tracing family roots
  • The USGen Web Project ( ) -- great for planning research trips/collections Volunteer-maintained, free site for genealogy Family photographs, headstone transcriptions Researcher’s page -- great tips Resources by state and by county -- NJ databases -- directory Show NJGen -- research
  • What exactly is Cyndi's List? A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research. A "card catalog" to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet. Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet. Photographs Medical
  • Harvard, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library, Oxford and Stanford, University of California, University Complutense of Madrid, the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the University of Virginia -- now 38 partner libraries world-wide
  • Continuity/Organization: While a lot of the online resources have a free version (with limited access to limited resources) – you may need to register for the site (e.g.,,, etc.), you may want to create a new email (gmail, yahoo mail, etc.) and use the same password, so you can easily remember your login information for each online resource, as well as have a separate email account for genealogy findings. Try to find primary sources : Indexers, authors and abstracters inevitably make mistakes. If possible, look at the original wills, deeds, birth certificates and other documents that have been scanned into some of the afore mentioned resources. When searching --> Think of different ways the surname could be spelled and try searching under those spellings (or select Soundex option if available. Remember that boundaries and names of counties sometimes change. In recalling where they lived years ago, relatives may name the nearest big city rather than the actual locale, or say the name of the county seat when they mean to name the county. S Review each database’s parameters and searching tips. It’ll help if you plan before you punch (keys). Keep careful records. Print out or take photocopies of documents. Always record titles and dates of your sources.
  • Pennington Boro Hopewell Boro Hopewell Township Other
  • Genealogy Resources Online

    1. 1. CC Image Courtesy of Daniele Pieroni: ‘The almighty mouse’ Genealogy Resources on the Web Anna M. Van Scoyoc Hopewell Valley Seniors Connect 5 July 2011
    2. 2. Ducks in a Row CC Image Courtesy of EJP Photo: ‘Me and *This* Army’
    3. 3. Focused Goals CC Image Courtesy of Robbie Veldwijk: ‘Let’s Play Darts!’
    4. 4. Supplies! CC Image Courtesy of Wirarat Lian-udom: ‘School Supplies’
    5. 7. The Seed = You CC Image Courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar: ‘Tree and spring scene’
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    7. 10. Ancestry Library Edition
    8. 11. Census Record
    9. 12. Heritage Quest
    10. 13. Family Search
    11. 14. RootsWeb
    12. 15. The USGenWeb Project
    13. 16. Cyndi’s List
    14. 17. Other Resources <ul><li>Family Tree Magazine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual “101 Best Website: list; Arranged by category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Toolkit with helpful forms, tips, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search the latest index of the world's books with names from your family. Preview contents of books for free. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo-sharing site loaded with everything from tombstone images to old family photos. </li></ul></ul>
    15. 18. CC Image Courtesy of Darren Hester: ‘Crayon Tips’ Genealogy Tips
    16. 20. Q & A
    17. 21. Demographics CC Image Courtesy of youthforum: ‘A new energy for Europe by European Youth Forum’