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Internet Genealogy

The internet is so large, and there are many sites added everyday.

Surname Specific Sites

These sites are full of information for specific surnames. These are not actual individual surname sites, rather they are sites that either link to surname specific sites, or offer surname sites or webspace to individuals.

  • GenRoots - It's All About Surnames - This site grows almost daily with an average of 20-40 surnames added! Be sure and check this site out first for your surname! If you don't find your surname listed, list your site here. If you don't have a website, you can use their Easy Site Creator, which requires no knowledge of html, to create your own site, then list it at GenRoots. This site receives many hits daily, and your cousin could be the next to surf this site!

  • GenRoots Surname Project - This is a new project with a few surnames listed. Volunteers are needed to create websites for their surnames of interest. If you know html, you can volunteer for this section of GenRoots.

  • Surnames, What's in a Name - This site helps to find out and explain what each surname means. There are many surnames listed. This is just another *fun* thing to do, and adds a little *guts* to your family history!

    Are Surname specific sites really worth a visit? YES! I have found many cousins through both finding their site, and them finding my surname site! Surname sites are one of the best way to find cousins, and gain much more information for your family genealogy!

    Area Specific Sites

    These sites are area specific and deal with general areas, usually by county or parish.

  • GenRoots - This site is still fairly new, but is growing every day. Many volunteers are still needed for many counties so be sure and check this one out and grab your county while it's still available!

  • ALHN - American Local History Network. Mostly links to other sites organized by State and County Coordinators.

  • GenExchange - This is a new one to me. Looks very well organized, and in need of many volunteers. Try this one out, then let us know what you think.

  • USGenWeb - Very large organization. Alot of volunteers coming and going, much information removed/added every day. Once you find something here save it to your hard drive right away so you're sure to have it later. Alot of bickering between the organization heads and county coordinators, causing many county coordinators to leave and take their data with them.

  • Canada GenWeb - For description, see above USGenWeb

    Area Specific Sites are great... sometimes! Don't forget to check out the surname specific section for help in finding others researching your surnames!

    Records Specific Sites

    These are sites focused on one type of record.

  • Emigration/Ship Lists and Resources - Many passanger lists available here! This is a must visit site for looking for immigrant ancestors.

  • Bureau of Land Management - You can search land patents from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

  • Interment.net - Many cemeteries on-line are linked from this site. Check this site first when looking for gravesite information.

    Resource Specific Sites are usually used as a semi-last resort. If your ancestors aren't found in the area or surname specific sites, they probably won't be found in this section either, but it's worth a try!

    Gedcom Only Site

    These sites have gedcom databases for you to search through.

  • GenServ - This is not a completely free site, but it does offer some free samples and surname searches. There are over 14,500 gedcoms located at this site, so it is worth a look!

  • Geneanet - On the surface, this appears to be a free site. Obviously alot of work has went into this site, but I can't speak from experience on the validity of the information contained within. If you have used this resource, please let us know what you think.

  • Gendex - I have used this resource, and in 4 years on-line I have found one cousin through this site. It appears useful, and maybe others have had better luck than I. Also offers software to help you with your gedcom.

    Pay Sites

    These sites vary in what they have to offer, but they all have one thing in common... they cost you money.

  • Ancestry.com - Fees for this site are $59.95 for 12 months access, Ancestry reference Library and Generations Easy Family Tree Software. $99.95 for 12 month access, Ancestry Reference Library, Ancestry Magazine Subscription, The Source genealogy guidebook, Generations Easy Family Tree Software, 15% off store purchases. $19.95 for 3 month access.

  • Genealogy Detective - This software is only $24.97 and you could have it running in only 3 minutes! You absolutely must try this software! This software will help you to find the information you need when tracing your family tree!

  • FamilyTreeMaker - Many records available on CD, many genealogy products. Too many items available to list them here!

    Are pay sites really worth it? Sometimes. Most sites and products need to be tested first to be sure of their value. I would always recommend a trial bases before purchasing long memberships. Also, the advice of others who have used the service or product is good. Our #1 recommendation is Genealogy Detective.

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