Introduction to Electronic Resources for Genealogical Patrons
Family History & Genealogy Center – The Danish Immigrant
28 October 2004
Presenters: Carole Stanger, Atlantic Public Library & Michele
McNabb, The Danish Immigrant Museum
An Annotated List of Useful Websites
A. Information On and Aids For Getting Started:
– Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) genealogy homepage. Click on
‘Order/Download Products’, then ‘Family History Research Materials,’ then
‘Research Forms’ for printable forms; or ‘Locality Research Papers’ +
geographical area of interest for ‘how-to guides for different areas.
- Click on ‘Free Research Forms’ for a wide variety of downloadable forms.
- Electronic spreadsheets for federal,
state and international census data.
B. General Search Sites:
- LDS databases, including the 1880 US
census, 1881 British & Canadian censuses, Family History Library catalog, and
downloadable genealogy programs. Click on ‘Search’ to search one or more
databases; click on ‘Family History Library Catalog’ to enter the catalog of the
main library in Salt Lake City. (Materials on microfilm may be borrowed for a
small fee through local LDS Family History Centers or The Danish Immigrant
– An important gateway site to over 240,000 genealogical webpages (arranged by
over 150 topics). Useful for finding out what kind of material is on the Net on
a subject or place of interest. Very worthwhile exploring.
- USGenWeb project – links to geographical sites managed by volunteers; arranged
by state and county.
Homepage for Pottawattamie County, Iowa, GenWeb page.
- Largest free general query site; also a useful gateway to other basic sites.
- Iowa Biographies Project. Access to 13,000 biographies, plus links to ones at
- Useful site for finding people in the U.S. and Canada by name, locality,
address, email or phone number, plus a number of other specialized searches.
Also links to several specialized genealogical webpages.
C. Special Topic Sites:
- Ellis Island arrivals, 1892-1924. Images may be viewed, emailed and saved.
- Bureau of Land Management: federal land records from 1820-1908, including
military land grants and land purchased under the Homestead Act.
- One of several Social Security Death Index sites; generally considered to be
the most flexible and up-to-date.
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. Searchable by name, regiment, battle,
and cemetery, among other topics.
- Ongoing listing of birth information in WWI civilian draft registrations;
background on the draft, etc.
- Index to Veterans’ Administration nationwide gravesite locator.
– a visitor-contribution site for vital records. Ongoing; currently containing
over 40,000 marriages and smaller numbers of births and deaths.
– An index to online vital records databases from 9 states, with more to come.
Most are free; some link to fee-based sites.
- links to online searchable death indexes & records.
– Database containing more than 3.8 million cemetery records from over 8000
www.neh.gov/projects/usnp.html - links
to microfilmed newspapers; organized by state.
D. Useful Genealogical Library & Archival Sites:
- National Archives genealogy resources homepage.
- National Archives immigration records homepage.
- National Archives Access to Archival
Databases (AAD) site; contains searchable electronic records. Click on ‘Search’
and then ‘People’ to access series that identify people, such as the ‘World War
II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946’ or ‘The Famine Irish
Data Files, 1846-1851.’
www.dar.org – Daughters of the American
Revolution homepage. Click on ‘DAR Library,’ the ‘GRC National Index’ to access
unpublished family history materials and a variety of other materials covering
over 12 million names.
- Homepage for the Allen County (Indiana) PL genealogy department, the largest
public library genealogy collection in the nation.
Mid-Continent PL (Independence, MO), the largest genealogy collection in this
part of the Midwest.
www.newberry.org/newberryhome.html - The
Newberry Library (Chicago), a private library with an extensive collection of
maps and unique genealogical resources.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. Provides access to manuscript
and non-book items in many state and local historical collections.
State Historical Society of Iowa. Source for ILLing microfilmed Iowa newspapers.
www.iowagenealogy.org/ - Homepage of the
Iowa Genealogical Society, with information on conferences and workshops and
other Society activities.
- Information at main branch of the Omaha PL, the closest large genealogy
collection. There is on-site access to AncestryPlus and HeritageQuest
www.nebraskahistory.org/ - homepage for
Nebraska State Historical Society.
- Greater Omaha Genealogical Society homepage.
E. For Librarians Serving Genealogical Patrons:
Homepage for Librarians Serving Genealogists, which contains information on
collection development & preservation, professional development, reference &
referral services, and information literacy, as well as the useful GENEALIB
mailing list (for those thorny questions you can’t answer).
F. Subscription (Fee) Websites:
HeritageQuest Online. Provides searches of federal censuses, 1790-1930, PERSI
(Periodical Source Index), and over 25,000 family and local histories. To be
added shortly: Index to Revolutionary War Pension Applications. Remote (home)
access is available for card-holders of participating libraries, including the
Shenandoah PL, Omaha PL, and members of the Danish Immigrant Museum.
www.ancestry.com – Personal
(home) subscriptions at varying prices available for
U.S. Census Records & Images,
Family & Local Histories,
U.S. Immigration Collection,
Birth, Marriage & Death Records (SSDI),
Historical Newspapers (1786-2002),
and U.K. Census Collection.
Library subscription version, formerly AncestryPlus, now called Ancestry Library
Edition (and marketed by Heritage Quest).