Beginning genealogists may not be aware of the plethora of genealogy websites that they can access, for free, online. Some of the big genealogy websites may be familiar to you because you saw an ad for them somewhere. What about the rest? Here is a quick guide to some of the most useful genealogy resources that new genealogists may be complete unaware of.
The unique spelling of the name could make Cyndi’s List difficult to locate for beginning genealogists. Most people have seen the name spelled “Cindy”. A genealogist who was told to check out Cyndi’s List might not have any way of knowing the way it is spelled.
Cyndi’s List has been described as “a sledge hammer for your brick walls”. The website offers a categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the internet. A beginning genealogist can use Cyndi’s List to discover a bunch of other genealogy resources that are online. It is a treasure trove!
Have you ever wanted to look up an obituary, news article, or other historical information that once appeared in an old newspaper? Genealogists use newspapers to find out more about the lives of their ancestors. Some libraries may still have a collection of old newspapers on microfiche. That can be intimidating for genealogists who were never taught how to use that resource.
Chronicling America is a collection of America’s historic newspapers. Their collection includes newspaper pages from 1836 – 1922. The website can be used for free. It is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
The USGen Web Project
Are you trying to learn more about an ancestor who lived in a different state than the one you live in? Genealogists in this position might find it difficult to know where to begin searching for out of state records. The USGen Web Project can point you towards were to start.
The USGen Web Project is a directory of websites, each of which contain free genealogy resources for every US State. Click on the state that your ancestor lived in. You can find out what local resources exist and how to access them. There also could be cemetery indexes that you can browse through.
Many genealogists seek out the gravestones of their ancestors and relatives. There is a lot of information on a gravestone that is important to genealogists. Sometimes, the cemetery an ancestor is buried in is located too far away for the genealogist to travel to it.
That’s where FindAGrave comes in. Genealogists can search the website by location, the birth date of the ancestor, the ancestor’s death date, and more. There’s a chance another genealogist photographed your ancestor’s gravestone for you.
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