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Round-up of 93 best genealogy websites and tools for 2014.


  • 1. Best Genealogy WebsitesandTools of 2014Presented by May P. ChanPrairie History Room, Regina Public LibraryHarvest Your Family Tree Conference,Kelowna, BC Sept. 27, 2014 2014

2. AgendaWWhhyy d doo I In neeeedd t thhisis t tyyppee o off l ilsistt??How was this list compiled?Online Search AdviceBest of 2014 List 81 ResourcesBonus #1: Best WWI ResourcesBonus #2: Best Hidden GenealogicalGemsWrap-up1234567 3. Why do I need this type of list?Because as powerful as Ancestry and Google are,they do not always provide you with the answers orclues you need for your family history research!!!This list is intended to help you cut through the informationoverload by helping you to focus your research (savingyou time and money) and providing you with a toolkit of themost authoritative and trustworthy genealogy websitesand research aids. 4. How Was The List Compiled? How did I select the best genealogy websites for you touse?Annual Best of featured on the Family Tree websiteMagazines such as Internet Genealogy & FamilyChronicleVarious genealogy blogsTips from other genealogistsPersonal experience helping patrons Websites offers both paid ($) and FREE resources 5. Online Search AdviceAlways check with your local library, archives and genealogical society to seewhat online resources they offer with membershipAlways read the scope and content information about the database to learnhow the data was gathered, what the database covers and what it does notcover.Treat genealogical resources, both print and online, with some scrutiny. Alwaystry to validate your sources!Always record your sources even if it is online!Learn how to utilize advanced search techniques to help you refine your basickeyword search terms:Learn how to utilize advanced search techniques to help you refine your basickeyword search terms:12345For example:Soundex search is used to search all surnames with variant spellingsCHAN, CHEN, CHIN and CHINNWildcard and Truncation search is used to replace letter(s) with symbols (*, ?, $)Sm*th for SMITH and SMYTHRoosevelt, Franklin* for Franklin D. Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt 6. Best Big GenealogyWebsites(Usual Suspects) 7. Usual Suspects (census, vital records, passenger lists,etc.; $ FamilySearch (census, vital records, etc.; FREE MyHeritage (vital records, census, family trees &Scandinavian records; $ Worlds Vital Records (vital records, US census andfamily trees; - $ Cyndis List (portal; FREE 8. Best CanadianGenealogyWebsites 9. Canadian Genealogy Canadian Genealogy Centre (census, military,immigration & directories; - FREE Automated Genealogy (census; FREE Canadian GenWeb Project (portal; FREE Canadiana (historical materials; - $ 10. British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955 - FREE 11. Canadian Genealogy continued Peels Prairie Provinces (newspapers & directories; - FREE The British Colonist 1852-1920 (newspaper; - FREE OurRoots (local history books; -FREE Glenbow Museum (CPR land sales index, schooldistricts index & historical materials; - FREE 12. Canadian Genealogy continued Mtis National Council Historical Online Database (Mtis-relatedcensus, affidavits & scrip records; FREE The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project (ON countymaps; FREE The Globe (Globe & Mail newspaper from 1844-2011; - $ 13. OurOntario - FREE Newspapers Portal 14. Canadian Genealogy continued Bibliothque et Archives and Nationales du Quebec(notaries & civil registers; FREE Daniel F. Johnsons New Brunswick Newspaper VitalStatistics (index of BMDS; FREE The Olive Tree Genealogys Canada Ships PassengersLists (portal; FREE Newfoundland Grand Banks (portal; - FREE 15. Best AmericanGenealogyWebsites 16. American Genealogy National Archives and Records Administration (1940 UScensus, military & immigration records; FREE USGenWeb Project (portal; FREE HeritageQuest Online (census, local histories & PERSIindex; - $ Find a Grave (cemetery records; - FREE 17. American Genealogy continued Chronicling America (newspapers;http://chroniclingamerica.loc/gov/) FREE GenealogyBank (newspapers; - $ Afrigeneas (slave records, BMDs and census schedules; FREE Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 (fire insurance maps; - $ Bureau of Land Management General Land OfficeRecords (federal land records; - FREE 18. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries - FREE 19. American Genealogy continued Distant Cousins (city directories & school yearbooks; FREE Fold3 (military records, newspapers & city directories; - $ Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR lineagerecords; FREE Ellis Island (immigration records for NY from 1925 to1957; FREE Castle Garden (immigration records for NY from 1820 to1892; - FREE 20. Best UK & IrishGenealogyWebsites 21. UK & Irish Genealogy FindMyPast (census, BMDs & newspapers; - $ Free BMD (UK civil registration; FREE Genuki (portal; FREE Deceased Online (cemetery records; - $ Historical Directories of England & Scotland (directoriescovering years 1760 to 1910; FREE The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 (criminal courtrecords; - FREE 22. The National Library of Wales - FREE Wills prior to 1858 Newspapers 1804-1919 23. UK & Irish Genealogy continued ScotlandsPeople (census & BMDS; - $ Scottish Post Office Directories (directories from 1773 to 1911; FREE British Newspaper Archives, 1700s-1900s (newspapers; - $ Times of London Digital Archive 1785-2008 (newspaper; - $ National Archives of Ireland (census & wills; FREE Origins Network (Griffiths Valuation, wills & probate records; - $ 24. Best ContinentalEuropeanGenealogyWebsites 25. Continental European Genealogy Danish Demographic Database (Danish census &church records; FREE Digitalarkivet (Norwegian census, probate & parishrecords; FREE Wie Was Wie (Dutch census & civil registers; FREE Arkivdigital (Swedish church records, court records &estate lists; - $ FranceGenWeb (portal; FREE 26. Genealogy Indexer (historical directories) FREE 27. Continental European Genealogycontinued German Roots German Genealogy (portal; - FREE Foundation for East European Family History Studies(portal; - FREE Polish Roots (portal; FREE Name Adoption and Other Lists (Jewish adoption lists; FREE Europeana (digital library of books, photos &newspapers; - FREE 28. Best South East Asian,Australian and NewZealand GenealogyWebsites 29. Families in British India Society (census, civilservice, etc.) FREE 30. Australian & New Zealand Genealogy Trove, National Library of Australia (newspapers, books &maps; - FREE British Convict Transportation Registers Database 1787-1867 (convict passenger lists; FREE Papers Past (New Zealand newspapers; - FREE New Zealand GenWeb (portal; FREE 31. Best GenealogyNewsWebsites 32. Genealogy News The Ancestry Insider (blog; FREE Eastmans Online Genealogy Newsletter (newsletter; FREE but $ for premium edition Dear Myrtles Genealogy Blog (blog & online webinars; FREE Genealogy Guys (podcasts; FREE GenealogyInsider (blog; - FREE 33. Best Tech/SocialMedia Tools 34. Best Tech/Social Media Tools Evernote (online note taking; FREE Dropbox (cloud storage; FREE Trello (project management; FREE LiBib (home library management system; FREE GenSoftReviews (genealogy software; - FREE 35. Best Tech/Social Media Tools continued Facebook (social media; FREE Pinterest (bulletin