Friday, February 5, 2016

Website: Archive.org



The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 to build an Internet library with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Today there are over 150 billion web pages. About 240,000 movies, over 500,00 audio items, over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 educational items, and over 30,000 software items and it grows bigger each and every day.

The over 1,800,000 texts are a great help to genealogists everywhere. These resources range from scanned copies of parish registers to biographies, histories and all types of records to aid in family history research. Let's start with parish records, we put "Vermont Parish Records" in their search records and came up with the Rutland, VT West Parish Records covering 1773-1881:

One can search this page by page or search for a particular family surname. Doing a search for "Family Histories" brings up 578 results. Here is the Ashton Family Histories:


This book is over 1000 pages long with stories, photos. charts and an index.

The next part of this website in the "Way Back Machine", this is a wonderful asset to all doing research.



Type in the Internet address for a website and view it over time as it was scanned by Archive.org. The best part of this is the websites which are no longer available, you are able to go back to them and view their contents. Here is a screen shot from the early days for the Internet Archive.


As you continue your research, consider the Internet Archive as another place to find lots of help with your Family History research!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Website: Stephen Morse One-Stop Webpages


When doing research you often come to a point where you have an immigrant who came to the United States. Stephen P. Morse's website is one of the best sites to use to locate your immigrant ancestor. He has multiple "One-Step" pages set up for each of the incoming ports. 

These ports include Ellis Island, Castle Garden, Baltimore, Boston, Galveston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Hamburg, Canada and others. These one-step forms are easy to use and will help you locate your ancestor. Here is a sample form that one fills out to conduct a search:


Another 'One-Step' form that he has set up is for Census searches for the United Statesm England, Canada and New York. Again his forms get straight to the data and bring back results from the information you have entered. Here is a section that shows what the census covers:




There are many additional tools available for genealogist on this wonderful website, be sure to take advantage of all of them!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Website: Linkpendium


Since 2002, Linkpendium has been helping individuals with their immense collection of links and helps to all those who are conducting Family History/Genealogical research.

The owners', Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich were the founders of the RootsWeb genealogical community website which began back in 1996 and merged with Ancestry.com in June, 2000. We'll talk about RootsWeb next week. To view their full background and history click here.

Karen and Brian have done a wonderful job of providing a "one stop place for genealogical links" from around the world. They even provide a break down of all the work that is done on the website to maintain it and add new links, they are amazing!

The fist thing you see are the 50 states with clickable links as above, clicking on one of those states takes you to that state's links as well as those for each county with the number of links in parenthesis, as usual, some counties have more information than others. For this article I choose my birth place, Rhode Island, there are only 5 counties which makes it easier to display!



Providence being the oldest county has the largest amount of links. Once there it is broken down by types of records from Biographies to cemeteries to vital records and everything in between! To add to that they provide Mailing Lists and Message Boards for each area, I've had great success with help from the community and you will too.

They also have a link section on Surnames Worldwide which currently has 9, 213,508 links! Looking for one of my ancestors' surname provided me with a lot of links to check out for "Marotte":


This is a great site to bookmark and use often. It has much to offer researchers.

The site also allows you to add a site you find that can help others, each page has a link you click where you can do just that.


With the community helping each other brick walls will come tumbling down and new sites will continue to aid all researchers. 

Thanks to Karen, Brian and all who help to make this site a wonderful resource for family history and genealogical research!


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claire@timelessgen.com

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Website: Cyndi's List



This week's website is "Cyndi's List", a place where one can locate links that take you to other online genealogical research websites. It could be called the encylopedia of genealogical and family history websites, it is that good.

Cyndi started this websight back in 1996 as a personal online reference to valuable websights for the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society. According to her "About Cyndi" section, the original list had 1,025 links. Today, in 2016, there are 333,947 links. She adds links as they are provided to her and checks for broken links, etc. it is a full-time job.

This is a free websight, however, there is a "Donations" button to help with all the costs associated with maintaining a very active website.

The website is very well organized by "categories" and a tab for New Links. In addition she provides a daily dose of family history through The Cyndi's List Daily and has a "Mailing List" one can sign up and receive emails regarding updates to the site. One can keep up to date and perhaps discover a new site which contains valuable genealogical data to help further their research.

The categories are in alphabetical order with easily navigation by letter. From Acadian, Cajun & Creole to Writing Your Family's History and everything in between, there is something for any family history enthusiast to the genealogical professional and so much more.

One category that might appear strange is "Myths, Hoaxes & Scams". A click of the first section brought up 12 topics, here are the first 2:

Myth: Everything in print (books, Cds, databases, Internet) is accurate and reliable

Myrth: Family crest or coat of arms

This section is worth going through. The "Beginners" section has much to offer:


Here is a cut from the categories listing:




Take some time over the next few days and discover all Cindi's List has to offer as you continue on your family history and genealgical research jouney.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Website: FamilySearch Research Wiki


This is one of Family Search's hidden gems. The Family History Research Wiki is wonderful tool for everyone who is doing Family History or Genealogical Research. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is something here for 
all to learn concerning research, historical content, strategies, etc.

Note that at this time there are 82,781 articles one can find help on. From the simplest to the complicated it is here.

Simply type in the search box a topic and the end results will be a list to review and make a selection. Let's see what is available for those beginning to learn how to research:



According to the listing there are 1,230 articles, these are the first few listed. Let's review the "New to Genealogy - Beginners First Step":
Note the choices and we've only looked at one of the results. From the above list, one can easily work slowly through the various steps and get a good grasp of the step to take and how to get started in their ancestral journey. This is their Easy as 1-2-3:


As you can see this site as much to offer anyone. There are strategy articles as well as learning how to cite one's sources and documents and great places to look for records all over the world.

The Family History Research Wiki can be located by clicking on this link.

Take some time and check it out, you will be amazed at all it has to offer!

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claire@timelessgen.com

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Friday, January 1, 2016

2016: Genealogical Websites



2016 will soon be here, after a lot of thought we've decided here at Budding Genealogists to review one to two websites each week to help with your genealogical and/or family history research.

There are thousands of websites out there to help one with research, determing which ones are right for you can be an issue.  Sometimes because of confusion, individuals only visit the major sites when some smaller ones may also provide valuable information on one's ancestors and can easily be overlooked without knowing of their existance. 

From the large paid databases to those who take time to transcribe a film and share it online or help with putting family pedigrees online with documentation, they are all valuable and much appreciated by researchers from around the world.

There are lots of articles written about "The Top 10 Genealogical Sites" or the "The Top 100 Genealogical Sites", but there are many others that may have exactly what you need. We'll explore a variety but the biggest sites to many of the smaller sites.

Together we will work on filling in and adding to your family tree.






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Friday, August 28, 2015

US Census Records


The 1900 US Federal Census was a big improvement with regards to family information as it provided a number of new bits of information on one's ancestral family. A census take would ask the following questions as listed by CensusFinder.com.
  • Name
  • Address
  • Relationship of each person to the head of the household
  • Color/Race
  • Sex
  • Date of Birth: Month and Year
  • Age at last birthday
  • Marital Status
  • Number of years in present marriage
  • Mother of how many children
  • Number of these children living
  • Place of birth
  • Place of birth of their Father
  • Place of birth of their Mother
  • Year immigrated to the U.S.
  • Number of years in the U.S.
  • Whether Naturalized or not
  • Occupation
  • Months not employed
  • Attended school (in months)
  • Can read
  • Can write
  • Can speak English
  • Owned or Rented
  • Owned free or mortgaged
  • Farm or house
  • Number of farm schedule
This additional census information makes it easier to locate one's ancestors. The combination of immigration and naturalization information helps to locate any citizenship papers.

If the number of years married exceeds the time they were in the U.S., you know that the marriage took place perhaps in the country of birth.

We are definitely fortunate to have multiple locations to view these census records online. They are available from:
Finding one's family in the U.S. 1900 Census can provide a gold mind of ancestral information!

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