Genealogy Research Resources
Genealogy is all about connections — the connections between you and your ancestors, between your ancestors and their historical context, and amongst all of the facts and records that together help to weave the tartan of your past.
Just as no one resource can provide all your answers, no one tool will solve all your problems. For every piece of the puzzle you need to improvise a new solution — so, to avoid spinning your wheels against a brick wall Continue reading “The Next Step: Finding a Database for You” »
Native American genealogy can present some unique research problems, distinct from family trees that are deeply rooted in Europe and Great Britain.
Native American genealogy is simply not a straightforward matter of pouring through the usual church and census records.
Researchers on the trail of their Native American ancestors need to develop an understanding of tribal:
- Naming customs
- Kinship systems
All of which vary greatly between the different nations.
The good news for genealogy beginners’ Continue reading “Native American Genealogy” »
A skeleton excavated in 1992 at London’s historic Crossbones Cemetery has puzzled archeologists from the Museum of London for several years.
A team of forensic scientists and historical researchers from The Center for Anatomy and Human identification at Dundee University takes on the enigmatic case. Using scientific methods and following a trail of genealogical records, the team endeavors to discover the identity of the skeleton nick named “Crossbones Girl” and the circumstances that led to her death.
“In the Nineteenth day of March last I went to Salem Village, and lodged at Nathaniel Ingersol’s near to the Minister Mr. P.’s House, and presently after I came into my Lodging, Capt. Walcut’s Daughter Mary came to Lieut. Ingersol’s and spake to me; but suddenly after, as she stood by the Door, was bitten, so that she cried out of her Wrist, and looking on it with a Candle, we saw apparently the marks of Teeth, both upper Continue reading “A Family History of Witchcraft” »
RecordsBase.com is a genealogy website designed to help family history hunters locate US documents to fill out the branches on their family tree. New to the site (in response to a review suggesting more resources would be helpful in this area) are record guides created to help genealogists locate the right records from their collection of over 2 billion public records.
RecordsBase.com’s PR manager, Ashley Evans, says,
“Every state and county has its own way of storing public Continue reading “Record Guides at RecordsBase.com” »
Have you used a wiki for genealogy?
Genealogy wikis are growing in popularity and it is no wonder as they are shaping up to be a fantastic free resource for doing genealogy research. Not to mention a great way collaborate with others who have similar research interests.
Two genealogy Wikis that stand out are WeRelate (over 2,000,000 pages of information on individuals and families) and Wiki Tree (3.9 million profiles).
Both sites are free use and allow users to upload Continue reading “Genealogy Wikis” »
Because MyHeritage has an amazing new software that can help you find ancestors while you sleep.
The new software called Record Matching is constantly working to compare every individual entered in a family tree on their site to over 4 billion historical records. For users of My Heritage, Record Match will notify you when it has found matching Continue reading “Genealogy Just Got Easier” »
If you are ready to start digging for ancestors that go way-way back …all the way, back to medieval times on the British Isles.
Here is a website that you should put at the top of your family history list.
People of Medieval Scotland is an amazing database containing 8600 records. This database consists of all known people of Scotland from 1093 to 1314 and it is the culmination of two projects funded by the Arts and Continue reading “Medieval Scottish Roots” »
Genealogy volunteers are often hiding behind the titles indexer, transcriber and look up. You can find them anywhere in the world from local libraries to National Archives.
The work they do often helps thousands if not millions of family history hunters across the globe on a daily basis.
The ISTG is a volunteer group that has been working since 1998 to transcribe ships lists on a global scale and publish them on the internet. In the years since its inception, the ISTG website has grown to include volumes of passenger manifests.
The scale of the site may make navigating it a little intimidating to the novice family history Continue reading “Ships Lists: Free Genealogy Resource” »