Introduction to Genealogy
Best General Research sites:
86,000 links to genealogy resources; well categorized; invaluable tools
Surname searching (samples):
www.familysearch.org LDS site: IGI; Ancestral Files; Genealogy library www.ancestry.com Search over 700 million names www.genealogy.com Affiliated with Family Tree Maker; CD ROM index www.kindredkonnections.com Subscription database; free Index and SSDI
Researching US ancestors:
Maintained in County where event occured. State Repositories listed at www.vitalrec.com and in The Handybookfor Genealogists, published Everton; Ancestrys Red Book (now as CDROM); FTM CDROM; International Vital Records Handbook (includes state application forms). Kentucky is only state online. Use Family History Centers or commercial look-up services - VitalChek Network, Inc (800-255-2424).
Social Security Death IndexAvailable on-line and on CDROM
Federal Census every 10 years from 1790 - some local and state returns in addition. 1880 - 1920 uses Soundex System. A few 1920 scanned images on-line at www.ancestry.com. FTM CDROMs have indexes. 1880, 1900 & 1910 on microfilm from National Archives (www.nara.gov).
National Archives and Records administration
Obits - several statewide indexes - check www.cyndislist.com
Biography and Genealogy Master Index CDROM; family books at LDS Library and Rootsweb; try search engines such as Alta Vista & Excite; recommend Copernic (download from www.copernic.com)
Usually very local - check USGenWeb or cyndislist for local history societies for lookups.
Fully discussed in Lesson 4.
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