Genealogy Research Links

Genealogy Research Links

  • Ancestry.Com [$]: some free but most data requires membership.
  • Family Research
  • Family Search (LDS site): free
  • WorldVitalRecords.com [$]: some free but definitely worth considering when doing research. Offers a monthly membership.
  • UK Certificates [$]: Birth, replacement marriage, & replacement death certificates obtained from Government sources for England, Wales, Scotland, & Northern Ireland.
  • Measuring America: The Deceinnial Censuses from 1790 to 2000 – This volume was published by the Census Bureau in 2002. It contains a record of all census questions, enumerators instructions, and brief histories of every census from 1790-2000. [Link is a PDF file.]
  • Histories of Enumeration Procedures for Each Census – Of special interest to genealogist, the 1790-1940. Provides detailed information on the collection and processing of each item on the questionnaire. The essay on the 1790-1940 censuses was written by a historian.
  • Rudy’s List of Archaic Medical Terms – Antiquus Morbus is a collection of archaic medical terms and their old and modern definitions. The primary focus is to help decipher the Causes of Death found on Mortality Lists, Certificates of Death and Church Death Records from the 19th century and earlier.
  • Glossary of Ancient Diseases – Ever read a death certificate and would like to know in plain English what caused the death. This site may be of help.
  • Major US Epidemics Timeline– In my research I’ve found several ancestors who died due to an epidemic. This timeline is not comprehensive. It does not list every epidemic that occurred. But again, a good reference.
  • Finding Early Immigrant Ancestors – Suggestions.
  • Genealogy Insider’s Guide to Acronyms – “…genealogy has its share of abbreviations for prominent organizations, go-to resources and often-used terms.” [New 31-Dec-2015]
  • Comprehensive Genealogy Glossary – from Family Tree Magazine. [New 31-Dec-2015]
  • Glossary of Women’s Words – words associated with women in historical documents. [New 31-Dec-2015]
  • Genealogy Toolbox – a large list of everything you can think of plus more. [New 28-Feb-2016]
  • [North American] Genealogy Sources Checklist – “The sites shown here are generally not limited to a specific time period, or a specific place. If you run your ancestor’s name through the checklist of sites …[on this list] you will end up with an excellent initial survey of what’s out there online about your ancestor. All the websites on this page are free, or have a free section. None of the sites will require you to input a credit card in order to view the free parts of their databases.[New 28-Feb-2016]

Links for Photo research:

Links to Military Service research:

Links to Life & Times research:

  • The 1918 Flu Pandemic – Most died in a terrifying span of 16 weeks. The 1918 flu struck many in the prime of life—half the United States dead were between the ages of 16 and 40. The cycle of infection in each locale typically ran from six to eight weeks; then the incidence of flu dropped off sharply.
  • Boston 1775 – a fascinating blog about the life and times of Boston at the start of the Revolutionary War.

Links to Cemetery & Tombstone research:

  • FindaGrave.com: Another site where volunteers make the difference. For example, a wonderful lady currently living in Pollock, Missouri where my mother was born has taken and posted many pictures of gravesites. I have been able to visit there but now I have the pictures. A must research area to gravesite and tombstones.
  • Cemetery Records from AccessGenealogy.com: Links to state cemetery records as well as a WPA database.
  • One of the BEST places to start is in the state and then the county page. Be aware that many of those are hosted by RootsWeb.com which has recently changed its web site. Many genealogy sites like mine are having to go through their pages and re-find their links on the new site and do updates.

Links to Migration Paths research: