Randy Seaver, who writes the blog called Geneamusings posed a Saturday night genealogy project for fun. He writes: “Let’s do a Top Ten list of Favorite Genealogy Web Sites. These can be record databases, data portals, how-to sites, family trees, software, entertainment, blogs, etc.”
So here are the top ten sites that helped my research:
1 – Ancestry.com - many databases of info, use it all the time
2 – FamilySearch – IGI, Ancestral File, more helpful here, as well as access to the Family History Library catalog
3 – RootsWeb - helpful researcher contributions
4 – GoogleBooks – many old and valuable family lineage & family history books online
5 – Heritage Quest - census, family books, PERSI, Revolutionary War Pension records. Get free log in from your library
6 – CastleGarden.org - many immigrant ancestors arriving before Ellis Island can be found here, upgrade coming soon
7 – GenForums – great place for queries for surnames, locations
8 – USGenWeb - especially the individual counties posting vital, census and cemetery records, more
9 – Wisconsin Vital Records - marriage records link people born same county, same day, suggesting possible spouses
10 – Milwaukee County Links to the Past - diverse resources on city’s people, family, genealogy resources
Doing genealogy is like doing jigsaw puzzles and requires pieces of each person’s puzzle from different sources. That’s the challenge and the fascination!
Here are several genealogy guides that I have created :
You can see Randy’s top 10 list on his post for May 2, 2009. Go to his blog and add a post with your list — or post it online and create a link on this blog page.