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General Research Aids

This page is a work in progess. If you know of an especially helpful website that is not listed here, or maybe an article that might belong in the research tools section, please send that information to the State Coordinator.

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Mostly Free General Links
Heraldry and Old Handwriting
Free Military Links
Miscellaneous Links & Articles
Organizations, Symbolism, Terminologies
Supplies, Charts, Organizational Tools

Mostly Free General Links

Bureau of Land Management (search land patents and other land records)

Census: Finding Enumeration District Definitions in One Step (1880-1940)

Cyndi's List (thousands of genealogical-based links, categorized and cross-referenced, in more than 180 categories)

Decoding Social Security Numbers in One Step (calculator to determine where and when a Social Security number was issued)

Ellis Island (search service for immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and Port of New York 1892-1924)

FamilySearch (official LDS site - owned by Ancestry.com; while some resources on this site are free, you must pay a membership fee to view others)

Find a Grave (memorials and cemetery surveys compiled and maintained by members)

GenForum (Genealogy.com forums devoted to genealogy)

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (emigration, immigration and naturalization)

National Archives (explore our nation's history through documents, photos, and records)

Rootsweb (owned by Ancestry.com, but content here is free)

The Ships List (passenger lists, fleet lists, photos, shipping schedules, ship descriptions, wreck data and more)

The USGenWeb Project (national project)

USGenWeb Archives (archives for all counties, states and special projects)

USGenWeb Special Projects (national special projects)

The WorldGenWeb Project (world project)


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Free Military Links

American Battle Monuments Commission (national and overseas military cemeteries, memorials, monuments and markers - mostly WWI and WWII)

American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization (biographies of former POWs - all wars)

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (National Park Service)

Nationwide Military Grave Locator (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

Organizations, Symbolism, Terminologies

Abbreviations of (Mostly) Old Organizations (available as a book for purchase)

Common Tombstone Abbreviations (courtesy of Marc Irish, The El Dorado County CAGenWeb Project)

Genealogy Glossary of Terms (at Genealogy.com)

Gravestone Symbolism (article by Kimberly Powell)

Gravestone Symbolism (at Grave Addiction)

List of Archaic Medical Terms for Diseases and Ailments (organized by Elizabeth E. Bullard)

Heraldry and Old Handwriting

Deciphering Old Handwriting (article by Sabina J. Murray)

Heraldry 101 - A Primer for Genealogists (article by Kimberly Powell)

How to Read Old Handwriting (article from GenealogyInTime Magazine)

Reading Old Handwriting (tutorials and examples by Kimberly Powell)

There is NO SUCH THING as a Family Coat of Arms (article by Elizabeth E. Bullard)

Supplies, Charts, Organizational Tools

Family Tree Magazine Downloadable Forms

How to Organize Your Genealogy Research (an Ah Ha! article)

Supplies, Charts, Forms, etc. (at Cyndi's List)

Miscellaneous Links & Articles

Cousin Calculator

Evaluating Records, Sources, and Evidence (article by Elizabeth E. Bullard)

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Her "QuickLessons" archive is recommended. She has written some wonderful articles.)

Five Family History Scams to Avoid (article by Kimberly Powell)

Google Translate

How to Cite Genealogy Sources (a terrific guide by Kimberly Powell)

How to Research Mining Claims (article by Tim I. Purdy, Lassen County historian, and courtesy of Marc Irish, of The El Dorado County CAGenWeb Project)

Top 10 Genealogy Mistakes to Avoid (article by Kimberly Powell)

U.S. Index to Census Occupations (Bureau of the Census)

Why You Can't Always Trust Information Found at Genealogy Websites (article by Elizabeth E. Bullard)


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State Coordinator:
Elizabeth E. Bullard

Assistant State Coordinator
Marc Irish
             
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This page was updated last on 24 Jan 2018 19:12


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