Saturday, November 22, 2008

Research Sources - Web Sources


89. "Ancestry.Com."
This web site requires subscriptions to access certain information. The message boards can be access without subscriptions but access to scanned images of original census forms, birth, marriage and death records, Social Security Death Indexes, Immigration and military information, county land and probate records, Historical Newspaper collections, etc require payment. It would be advisable to have paper forms of the census indexes as well but this site is good because it provides the scanned images of the original census forms. The paper forms will help narrow down where to search for your ancestor.

90. "Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet."
262,000+ links to different genealogy web sites. Cyndi Howells, creator of the website has been a genealogist for more than 20 years. She has authored two books for genealogical research on the internet. She is a columnist for Heritage Quest Magazine. Is a member of the National Genealogical Society board of directors. The site gives links to every kind of internet website that has information for genealogy research, including international sites. It is updated constantly and is very comprehensive.

91. "Daughters of the American Revolution."
Thru this website you can access the library catalog as well as information about the society. From the website: As one of the largest genealogical centers in the United States, the DAR Library is an essential destination when researching your family history. Since its founding in 1896, the library has grown into a specialized collection of American genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications. The DAR recently completed a project to digitize over 9 million membership applications and supporting documents. They are in the midst of a large volunteer effort to create a searchable all name index with dates, etc. Currently these images are only accessible from the DAR Library in Washington, DC. In the future this database may be accessible to the public over the internet. This database is a huge source of valuable, verified information. Professional genealogists must verify all submitted information before membership is granted.

92. "Ellis Island."
Enables researches to NY passenger arrivals and view manifests, photos of ships. Good source for information on immigrants.

93. "Historic Pittsburgh."
This website it hosted by the Digital Research Library at the University of Pittsburgh. From this site you can search the catalog from the Library and Archives of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society locate in the Heinz History Center. You can search images of Hopkins Map collections ( maps of greater Pittsburgh area through the years of 1872 to 1939.) You can also access 9,700 visual images from thirty-four collections held by the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chatham College Archives, and the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center. You can also access finding aids for the archive collections. Documenting Pitt is a new part of the website that gives you access to Pitt year books, Chancellors reports, commencement programs, and other information pertaining to the history of Pittsburgh. These are searchable.

94. "Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System. " This web site is sponsored by the National Park Service and is a great resource for searching for Civil War information. It covers soldiers, sailors, regiments, 14 National Cemeteries, battles, prisoners, medals of honor, National Parks

95. "Beallsville Cemetery, Washington Co., Pa.", 2006. This website is important to people doing research in the Scenery Hill/Beallsville area of Washington County. The National Road goes right thru these two towns and since this was a main avenue for families traveling west, many pioneer families passed thru here or settled in this area. Beallsville Cemetery burials date back to 1823. The cemetery is still in operation today and has approximately 9000 burials. Many pioneer families are represented in this cemetery. The website is still under construction but to date has an all name index of burials from 1823 - 1963. It also has scanned images of the original interment records from the cemetery. This is important because many people buried do not have tombstones or the stones are no longer legible. When the site is complete it will have tombstone photos, plot maps, scanned images of the lot owner books, obituaries, photos, and other genealogical information that can be accumulated relating to the people buried here.

96. Dept, United States. War. "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies." Govt. Print. Off, .
The original multi volume set was printed by the Government Printing Office and is a compilation of official records of the Union and Confederate armies. It includes formal reports, correspondence, orders, etc. This collection in now available and searchable on line. Great source of information concerning the Civil War.

97. Saints, Church of Latter Day. "Family Search."
This website is sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints. This organization is known for its efforts to collect, microfilm, preserve records pertaining to family history. They have a huge library facility in Salt Lake City Utah along with secure storage for its valuable records, plus several branch research facilities around the country where you can order "inter library loan" items from the main library. Their collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilm, more than 742,000 microfiche, over 300,000 books, serials, and other formats

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