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Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild: The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, founded in 1998, is a volunteer organization that transcribes and uploads ships' passenger lists to the Internet. To date (April 2001), the ISTG has transcribed lists of more than 3,000 ships and 1.5 million passengers. Is your ancestor in an ISTG database? To find out, just use the on-site search engine, which is a bit hidden: Click on any one of the ship "volumes", click on the agreement that the information is copyrighted, and then scroll to the bottom part of the resulting page. The box there lets you search the whole site -- all four volumes posted online, not just the one you clicked on. (Type your search in the box after Search -- not after Surname, which is strictly to use the Soundex system to help find variant spellings.) Or, you can browse the site by dates of sailing (17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries), ships names, port of departure and arrival, captain names and surnames. If you're unsure of your ancestor's date of arrival or country of origin, try searching for your surname alone and see what pops up. The site is updated monthly with newly transcribed lists, so check back frequently. Researchers are encouraged to check for every possible surname spelling -- transcribers may have to make a spelling judgment when deciphering a poor quality record.
Besides the four ISTG volumes, don't miss the links from the home page to the Bremen and 1903 projects. The Bremen Project is a joint effort of the ISTG and the Die Maus society of Bremen, Germany, to transcribe manifests of ships departing from Bremen and Bremerhaven, Germany, in the 19th and 20th centuries. The 1903 project (unaffiliated with ISTG) aims to transcribe lists of all 1903 arrivals in New York; the lists supply passengers' names, and the National Archives microfilm roll number. The ISTG site also contains The Compass, a separate section with links to other ship-related sites. Follow these links for basic immigration and naturalization information, maritime resources, passenger ships, ship types and descriptions, historic maps and charts, captains and ship images. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
The Olive Tree Genealogy: In addition to passenger lists, this searchable site provides information on the captain, the ship and, frequently, miscellaneous data about passengers. Lists range from the 1942 voyage of the Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta, to the SS Groote Beer crossing of 1957. Follow the links to passenger lists both on and off this web site. The Olive Tree groups lists by date, immigrant group (New Netherland, Irish, Huguenot, Palatine) and country of arrival (United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, South America, United Kingdom). You can also search from any page; look for the search box in the right-side frame. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
The Ships List: TheShipsList is a links site with a twist. In addition to passenger-list links, it contains tutorials, photos of ports of the world and ships, period narratives, 19th-century magazine articles and information about shipping lines. Not sure which port Great-great-grandpa Harold sailed from? Click on Pictures of Maps to see the major European ports of the 1800s. Wonder what the 1870 fare was from Hamburg to New York? Check out the Trivia section for an answer that may surprise you. If your immigration research has turned up the puzzling phrase "Declaration of Intent," you'll find a complete explanation under Q&A. This site also maintains its own mailing list to help you find information on which vessel brought your ancestor to a new land. This is an international list, and useful to subscribers regardless of what country their ancestors settled in. Another feature of this site is its query board. Click on TheShipsList Searchable Archives Database to leave a message bout your ancestor. You can also search the message board or browse the archives. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
100 Years of Emigrant Ships from Norway: Did Great-uncle Olaf travel to the United States from Norway? If so, you may find him on this Norwegian site. It indexes the names of ships known to have left Norway with emigrants between 1825 and 1925. This includes ships that sailed to ports in America and other parts of the world. According to the "Hunting Passenger Lists" page, the first organized party of emigrants to leave Norway were known as the "sloopers", and left from Stavanger in 1825 on the Restaurasjon. The next two ships left in 1836, and from then, ships would set out every year. Since the site isn't searchable, use the site map to find passenger lists by ships" names and sailing dates. The "Passenger Lists" page (follow the link in the left frame) has tables organized by year that show the ship name, captain and ate and port of arrival and departure. Most often you'll find name, age, and gender, and in some cases you'll find a scanned image of the actual passenger list. From the site map, head to profiles of individual ships (some of which have been images of the vessel) and steamship companies. This site also contains voyage narratives, such as the one by Peter O Stensven during his 1867 trip from Vardal, Norway, to Koshkong Prairie, Wis -- so even if you don't find your ancestor, you can get a good idea of what his voyage was like. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
National Archives of Canada: The National Archives of Canada holds immigration records from 1865 to 1935, including complete immigrant passenger lists. The archives also houses border-entry lists -- references to people who landed at American ports and indicated that they were proceeding directly to Canada. You can search 500,000-plus records with the archives' online database, which covers passenger list indexes from 1925 to 1935, as well as border-entry records of people whose surnames begin with "C". The search screen contains five fields:
The results screen will give:
(Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
On the Trail of Our Ancestors: 17th and 18th century passenger lists to Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Emigration/Ship Lists and Resources: Portal site with more than 120 ships links.
Immigrant Ships Descriptions: Descriptions of ships, owners, and voyages.
Timeline Creator: This site will generate a timeline for any date from 1000 AD to the current year. Event types are color coded, so if you have a color printer, be sure to get a printout to add to your family history.
Birthdate Calculator: Have you ever stood in front of a tombstone and wished the carver had chiseled in the date of birth, instead of "lived 65 years, 9 months and 3 days"? Just enter the death date and age at death, push the button and all the calculations are done for you.
Soundex Machine Site: Soundex is the system for weeding out misspellings and covering spelling variations in genealogy records. This program/site will convert your surnames into the SOUNDEX codes.
Biography Assistant: Biography Assistant helps pull all the information about your ancestors together. It's divided into a series of questions about a person's ancestors life experiences , medical history and military service. Although you probably can't answer all of the questions about all of your ancestors, it's an very easy-to-follow guideline for putting all those tales and other information on paper.
Inflation Calculator: Have you ever wondered just how much those eggs that your great-grandmother would sell for a dime a dozen would compare to the cost-of-living in today's market? Just enter the amount and the starting and ending dates for a comparison and see what the equivalent is in today's money!
Illinois State Archives: The State of Illinois deserves a big thanks from genealogists for uploading this treasure trove of historical databases. Searchable records of your Illinois ancestors include:
Each database includes detailed search instructions, as well as information on the cost of obtaining copies of the original records. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
US Military History Institute Digital Library: Would you like to know where your Civil War ancestor saw action? Now you can, thanks to a scanned copy of Dyer's A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. This classic work details the history of every federal regiment and lists a complete record of their engagements. You'll find organizational dates, the brigades and divisions the unit fought with, and dates of every action they participated in. The library also has a digital copy of Heitman's Historical Registry of the United States Army, which lists every commissioned officer from September 29, 1789 to March 2, 1903. Other holdings include books and document from the Revolutionary War through the Persian Gulf War. Click on "Chronological List" and then on any historical period you're interested in. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
Civil War Photo Database: This little-known site, also courtesy of the US Military History Institute (MHI), can produce big results if you're hungry for photos of your Civil War ancestor. Search for photos of soldiers, battles and towns -- if you're lucky, you'll find your Union private marching through these files. But even if your soldier isn't here, the database may include a photo of his regiment or of one of the places he fought. Search the database using keywords, then send e-mail with the photo ID number of any item you're interested in. The MHI will mail you a photocopy of the picture without charge. (If you want an actual photographic print, there is a small fee.) (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
Cemetery Records Online: This site contains millions of cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries worldwide. A search by surname will return a list including the name and location of the cemetery, and in some instances the tombstone inscription. In addition to the free database, take advantage of the how-to articles on the genealogical use of cemeteries. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
Census Project: Wouldn't you love it if someone would transcribe
the federal census so you wouldn't have to squint into a microfilm reader?
Well, that's the goals of this project. As each census record is
transcribed by volunteers, it's posted online. To search for your ancestor
in the census records, click on the Completed Transcriptions link.
(Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
Also another USGenWeb Census Project. According to the USGenWeb's Projects page, neither of these projects is actually associated with USGenWeb.
Ancestry.com: Did you know this subscription service lets everyone search new databases for 10 days after they're posted on the site? Recently for example, the sample databases included Indiana marriages; Michigan biographies; Arkansas marriages; Shenandoah County VA births; California narratives; Baltimore Sun obituaries and Jackson MI directories. Check this site every few days to make sure you don't miss that one database you've been looking for. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
WorldConnect Project: How does the thought of searching a database of more than 50 million names grab you? The WorldConnect Project of RootsWeb contains free searchable GEDCOMs that have been uploaded by genealogists worldwide. In many instances, you'll find more than names and dates; many of the pedigree charts include source notes with clues for future research. (Download these files with a grain of salt, however -- no one has doubled checked this research.) As an aid to networking with other family researchers, you can add an electronic Post-em Note -- the equivalent of a sticky note -- to any file, letting someone else looking at this file know that you're looking for this family, too. (Review by Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine, June 2001)
Arrange Online: A free database of online obituaries which is a new web site. It was launched in early October 2000 with the exclusive endorsement of the National Funeral Directors Association. The startup effort includes more than 5 million death records. This national archive makes millions of obituaries available to genealogists and family-tree researchers as well as those seeking information about the most recent deaths in their community. The custom-built archive enables visitors to search not just by name or date but also by hometown, place of birth, place of death, organization membership and numerous identifying criteria.
Ancient Faces: This is a visual genealogy website that has thousands of old photos that visitors are sharing for free. Anyone can submit family photographs to the site. These photos may be for identified individuals or my mystery individuals who fit in the category of "Does anyone know who these people are?" The site is well indexed by surname. Unknown individuals are sorted by locations where the photographs were found. This web site also has a military section showing photographs from the US military and a new section for Royal Canadian Navy photographs.
Chase County, Nebraska Home Page: This web site includes information about early settlers, early schools, old mills, list of all Chase County High School graduates since 1895, an obituary index, and a bunch more. Check it out!
American Colonist's Library: This web site contains full-length transcriptions of hundreds, perhaps thousands of documents that have been significant to American history. Here's a brief listing of just some of the documents that can be found:
Scottish Archive Network: This is a cooperative effort between almost 50 archives and libraries in Scotland, supported the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Genealogical Society of Utah.
Immigrant Arrivals: A Guide to Published Sources: The largest single source of immigration data for genealogists is the collection of passenger arrival lists in the custody of the United States National Archives. These lists, covering major ports from 1820, contain tens of millions of names, and there are indexes to many of the ports' arrival registers. To help you locate the myriad resources of immigration data, the staff of the Library of Congress has compiled an extensive bibliography of printed works on immigrants and immigration. This online list is organized alphabetically by the surname of the author, with the full details of title, publishers, date, and place of publication, and the Library of Congress number. In addition, most of the entries include notes on their contents, giving you some idea of the usefulness of each source for your own research.
Orphans' Home Website: (The term "orphan" is used inclusively throughout this website to include "strays", child "laborers", and "servants", Home Children, etc.) This website contains federal, state and Canadian Censuses; information on orphanages, and a message board. If you have someone in your family tree that may be adopted, this is the site to check out!
Western Pioneer Trails: While some of the routes taken by early settlers of the American West are well-known, like the famous Oregon Trail, the expansion of settlers into the newly-opened country took many courses. Thanks to the staff of the University of Utah and its Marriott Library, now you can access dozens of maps online. Some of these maps are "static", showing a part of the West shortly after its settlement. Others have a dynamic element, displaying the routes taken by those who explored and settled the West. In addition to the maps, the website also includes pages from the diaries of half a dozen early Utah pioneers. The pages of these diaries have been digitized to allow them to be viewed in their original form.
How to Use Griffith's Valuation: an Irish Genealogy website.
Irish Family History Research -- Getting Started:
Irish Family History Foundation: an Irish Genealogy website.
National Archives of Ireland: an Irish Genealogy website.
National Library of Ireland: an Irish Genealogy website.
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: an Irish Genealogy website.
State Registration of Births, Marriages, and Death: an Irish Genealogy website.
A Timeline of Irish History: an Irish Genealogy website.
International Jewish Cemetery Project: While most cemetery transcription projects focus on locality, this effort is based on religion and ethnic background. You can access information on the cemeteries geographically, first by region, then by country, then by specific locality. The locations of the cemeteries are explicitly described, usually with information on the Jewish community it served or still serves. Transcribed data from the cemeteries is often entered into a single database -- the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry. This database is a work in progress, but when fully operational, it will allow a single search for any burial entry, regardless of locality.
Canadian War Graves (Worldwide): Contains photos and lists of cemeteries for all countries except Korea.
Leavenworth County, Kansas, Genealogy Society: Provides locations of all the cemeteries in the county and a surname look-up list where an individual may find out which cemetery may contain their ancestors; however, this list doesn't include the national cemeteries.
City of Tallahassee (FL) Cemeteries: There is an index of burial since the 1980s and a link to a survey of the Old City Cemetery done by Mr Claude Kinneson in the 1980s. The City Public Works Department of Tallahassee reports that they will be adding to these records.
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: The records of this organization can be a great help to family historians. The ledgers of loans should include the names of the recipients and their residences. As the immigrant arrived and paid off the loan, the ledgers should reveal where he or she entered the country; where he/she resided; and what occupation(s) were pursued.
Perpetual Emigration Fund: The records of this organization can be a great help to family historians. The ledgers of loans should include the names of the recipients and their residences. As the immigrant arrived and paid off the loan, the ledgers should reveal where he or she entered the country; where he/she resided; and what occupation(s) were pursued.
Genealogy of the United States Presidents
Presidents of the United States
U S Presidential Ancestor Tables
Ellis Island Immigration Database
English and Welsh Births, Marriage, and Deaths: Over 10 million records have been added to this database which details the births, marriages, and deaths of both English and Welsh individuals.
Census Records (Transcribed) Available from ROOTSWEB!
Free Registers: The objective of this project is to provide free internet searches of baptisms, marriage, and burial records which have been extracted from parish registers and non-conformist church records in the United Kingdom. The recording of baptisms, marriages, and burials in parish registers began in England in 1538. This database should be used as a finding tool. It should not be considered proof or that it is always 100% accurate, or contains all of the information in the actual register. Once you have found a record, then write to the relevant Family History Society or County Record Office, which for a small fee, will provide a print from the register for you. In many cases, you can also purchase a full transcript of the register from the Family History Society.
Research Plan: Devise a Research Plan! For best results, divide your research goals by surnames, localities and other topics such as military, census, and land records, and then focus on the records you need for the major lines of interest. There is an excellent chapter called "Organize, Organize, Organize" in THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO ONLINE GENEALOGY, by Rhonda McClure (Alpha Books, 2000).
Shaking Your Family Tree: A column by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG. Past articles can be viewed from this link and valuable information may be gained.
Genealogy & History Books/Manuscript Index On-Line: This is an on-line index to books about genealogy and history. This index provides a brief description of the book that you might be interested in buying.
Texas Death Records: A Searchable Database!
Reunion Registry: Thousands of people have been reunited because of this registry. You can search the registry to see if there is already someone looking for you or you can register your information and who you are searching for. Thousands of people have been successfully reunited because of this registry.
RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees: Genealogists Myra Vanderpool Gormley, Julia Case, and Rhonda McClure have posted 30 lessons ranging from what you need to know about land and court records to solving the missing ancestor dilemma.
Genealogy Classes On-Line: Here you'll find over 80 lessons in nine sections, including beginning genealogy, tracing immigrant origins and Internet genealogy. All the lessons are written by genealogy experts -- so you're getting the best for free. Also, there's more than 200 "how to" articles on such topics as organizing your research, life in early New England, guidelines for reading old documents, planning a genealogy trip and locating church records.
Research Outlines: This is a free downloadable outline offered by the Family Search site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For example, if you're getting started in Florida research, the Florida Research Outline tells you exactly what types of records are available and how to access them. Subjects include US states and foreign countries as well as military, church, land, and immigration records.
Research Assistant. If you've always wanted your own personal research assistant, just log into this section of the Family Search site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just tell the virtual assistant what you're looking for, and she'll suggest researched strategies.
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