There are a number of resources available on the internet, here are some main ones useful in genealogy research on the internet. Beside each is a brief description and/or links to sites that I have found to be the most comprehensive. To go to the sight, you can either type in the URL (address) into the appropriate place, or if you can go to the web page by clicking on the hypertext.
Some useful terms before you begin:
FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
Snail mail = regular post mail
Hypertext = text which is highlighted and underlined and connects you to another url.
- Mail, which is sent electronically and can be used in a number of ways.
1. Correspondence with other genealogists.
2. Email lists - Easy to use, no special software is needed.
Email lists are moderated so distasteful messages & junk mail are removed before you see the messages. The subjects are focused on the topic. When you subscribe you get a HELP message that tells you just how to retrieve the list of available files from the archives, or how to UNSUBSCRIBE. The help messages also tells you who to contact in the case of a problem.
Subscription to the email lists are usually as follows:
Send an email message to the address: You don't put anything in the message area but "SUBSCRIBE"
Most of the genealogy lists are found at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~maillist/
Gen-Newbie-L http://www.rootsweb.com/~newbie for the beginner, where the most basic questions
are answered. Send a new message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Roots-L http://www.rootsweb.com/is the original genealogy list. This group is the largest and generates large volumes of messages. To join send an e-mail to ROOTS-Lemail@example.com
- Genealogical Resources on the Internet - each week they add hundreds of mailing lists, email addresses, websites and newsgroups. There are more than 20,000 currently listed.
- facilitate the exchange of ideas. Not moderated. A newsgroup is like an electronic bulletin board: messages are "posted" (E-mailed) to the newsgroup, and anybody can read the messages that have been posted and reply to those messages to take part in the discussion. (This is different from a mailing list, or distribution list, in that messages posted to a mailing list are E-mailed directly to the subscribers of the list. Newsgroup messages are stored in a public area, and one must "go to" that public area via a web browser or a computer account to read the messages in a newsgroup.) Most Usenet newsgroups are accessible by anyone in the world. Most sites do not carry all news groups so you may need to ask your news administrator to get a news group you are interested in.
To find out about Newsgroups, go here:
Virtual Buddies Training Manual
Introduction to Newsgroups
To find more genealogy newsgroups check the list here.
Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter
Treasure Maps Newsletter
World Wide Web
- A large collection of computers linked via servers all over the world.
- Search Engines:
- My Personal Favourite is Google
- Alta Vista
- Looking for related genealogists
Family Search - The LDS data bank on the internet. Connect with others, download P.A.F.
The Roots Surname List
The Genealogy Toolbox
Genealogy's Most Wanted
Genforum - Connect with other people researching the same surname
- Online phone/email books such as
Internet Address Finder
- Yahoo People Finder
- GenBrowser - a program
To search and collect info. from WWW genealogy indexes, search engines and home pages.
- Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
Rand Genealogy Club