Introduction to Electronic Resources for Genealogical Patrons

Family History & Genealogy Center – The Danish Immigrant Museum
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 Museum.) – 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 other sites. - 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 cemeteries worldwide. - 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.’ – 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. - 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. - 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 Online. - 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. – 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).







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