**Ongoing project for LAC to digitize its microfilm & microfiche collection; often new records sets such as school files can be found; IMAGES only – no nominal index
Free BMD – transcribed index books for civil registration for England & Wales; spans the period from 1837-1983 DeathIndexes – directory of links to websites that offer online death indexes listed by state & county
Ellis Island – list of immigrants who arrived in New York between 1892 to 1924 Castle Garden – New York’s first immigrant receiving station in 1855 but the records go back to 1830 and stretch till 1892 Bremen Passenger Lists – Bremen was one of the most important ports of departure for Europeans; however many of Bremen’s records have now been lost so don’t expect to see any earlier years than 1920;
Swiss Refugee Database: contains the names of 25, 000+ individuals who fled to neutral Switzerland during WWII. Info about each individual includes name, date of birth & nationality (day-month-year) **note: Site is in French!!!
Atlas of the German Empire by Ludwig Ravenstein – map was printed in 1883; The atlas helps in tracing the roots of families with origins in any part of the German empire from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Besides Germany, the maps of this atlas also cover the bordering portions of present-day Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, and Switzerland.
Scotland’s People - The 1911 census joins earlier enumerations from 1841 to 1901, parish records and statutory registers; you can start searching for about $11. Sections on wills and testaments (1513 to 1901) and coats of arms (1672 to 1907) are free.
Digital Archives of Norway – 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, all without spending a krone.
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) PolishRoots – site offers info from 16 th century up to the later 20 th century; offers maps, history, immigration & other useful info
German Roots – Make sure to check out the “Emigration & Immigration Records” section where a researcher can expect to find extensive lists & explanations of German departure records as well as US arrival records of immigrants The German Genealogy Network – click on the “Regional” link to find descriptions of your ancestor’s German state of origin; similar to Genuki (lists of resources) GeneaNet - Over 2 million user-contributed civil and parish records are available online through the French site GeneaNet.org, plus subscription-based access to additional records, including civil and parish registers, digitized books and additional French genealogy sources. Genelias –collaborative efforts of a number of archives in the Netherlands; project aim to index all the open civil registers (post 1811); searching is free while copies can be ordered for a fee Italian Heritage and Home Page – good “jumping off” point for Italian genealogy research, including a name translator, a list of Italian immigrants and links to Italian genealogical societies
OutlineBrief Introduction “The Usual Suspects” “By Record Type” – e.g. BMDs “Crossing the Pond” – eg. English“Other Noteworthy ResearchTools”
Why do you need such a list?Not all genealogy websites are the sameSome require a paid subscription (per view or monthly) or are free; some provide only images, an index (points you to the original source), etc.; some are created by libraries/archives/genealogical societies while others are done by volunteersList of online resources is not meant to replace “traditional” formats like books & microfilm. Rather the list is meant to be used “in addition to”List features both paid $ and free web resources
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: http:// www.familytreemagazine.com/ Magazines such as Internet Genealogy & Family Chronicle Various genealogy blogs Tips from other genealogists Personal experience helping patrons
“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) - $ (ALE is free through RPL – Central Library only!) Canadian Genealogy Centre (Library& Archives Canada; http://www.genealogy.gc.ca /) – FREE FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org) – FREE Cyndi’s List (http://www.cyndislist.com/) – FREE
Tip # 1 – Canadian Genealogy Centre Microfilm Digitization Page http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-di
Tip #2 – FamilySearch.org Browse by Location Feature
Tip # 5 – Really Cool Map!!! Atlas of the German Empire by Ludwig Ravenstein (Europe; http:// library.wisc.edu/etext/ravenstein) – FREE
“By Record Type” – continuedMilitary Records Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial ( http://www.svwm.ca) – FREE Commonwealth War Graves Commission (British Commonwealth; http://www.cwgc.org/) - FREE Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System (US; http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/) - FREE National Archives & Records Administration: Military Resources (US; http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/m ) - FREE
Tip # 6 – War of 1812 Ancestors Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com/) - $ except for War of 1812 Pension Files!!!
“By Record Type” – continued Newspapers Google News (US & Canada; http://news.google.com) - FREE Chronicling America (US; http://www.loc.gov/chronicling america/) - FREE British Newspapers, 1800-1900 ( http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs) - $ International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON) (global; http://icon.crl.edu/digitization.htm) - FREE Newspaper Abstracts (http:// www.newspaperabstracts.com/) - FREE
“Crossing the Pond”English Genealogy FindMyPast (http://www.findmypast.co.uk/) - $ (available through SGS) British Origins (http://www.britishorigins.com) –$ Genuki (http://genuki.org.uk) – FREE London Lives 1690-1900 ( http://www.londonlives.org) - FREE
“Crossing the Pond – continued” Scottish Genealogy Scotland’s People ( http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) - $
“Crossing the Pond – continued”Irish Genealogy The National Archives of Ireland ( http://nationalarchives.ie) – FREE Ireland Gen Web (http://irelandgenweb.com) – FREE Irish Family History Foundation ( http://www.irish-roots.ie/) – $
“Crossing the Pond – continued” Scandinavian Genealogy Digital Archives of Norway (http://arkivverket.no /eng/Digital-Archives) – FREE Swedish National Archives (http://www.svar.ra.se ) – FREE Arkivdigital (Sweden; http://www.arkivdigital.net) –$ Finnish Family History Association (FFHA) (http:// www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/index_eng.htm) – FREE Danish Demographic Database ( http://www.ddd.dda.dk) - FREE
“Crossing the Pond – continued”Eastern European Genealogy HalGal (Western Ukraine & Galicia; http://www.halgal.com) – FREE EastEuropeGenWeb ( http://www.rootsweb.com/~easeurgw) – FREE Federation of East European Family History Societies (http://feefhs.org) – FREE PolishRoots (http://www.polishroots.org/) - FREE
“Crossing the Pond – continued” Western European Genealogy German Roots (Germany; http:// www.germanroots.com/) – FREE The German Genealogy Network (http:// www.genealogienetz.de/genealogy.html) - FREE GeneaNet (France; http://www.geneanet.org/) – FREE Genelias (Holland; http://www.genlias.nl/en/page0.jsp) – $ Italian Heritage and Home Page (Italy; http:// www.daddezio.com/) - FREE
“Other Noteworthy Research Tools”Staying Up-to Date Prairie History Blog ( http://www.reginalibrary.ca/prairiehistoryblog/) - FREE Dick’s Eastman’s Newsletter ( http://blog.eogn.com/) – FREE Ancestry Insider ( http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/) - FREE Genealogy Blog Finder ( http://blogfinder.genealogue.com/) - FREE
Tip #9 – online genealogy articles Hobbies and Craft Reference Center ( http://www.reginalibrary.ca/databases/db_hobbies.ht ) – FREE w/ Regina Public Library Card Full text of Family Chronicle (2009-2012) and Internet Genealogy (2009-2012)