NOTE: Originally published in The Godfrey Update, Winter 2005 pp 16-19.
FREE GENEALOGY WEB SITES In 1998 I wrote about www.RootsWeb and www.USGenWeb particularly to point up the value of volunteerism. Indeed these and www.worldGenWeb.org continue to thrive as experienced researchers provide useful links and research tips. Here’s a smattering of what else is out there:
• www.FamilySearch.org the website of the Family History Library currently boasts 11.6 million hits per day. Include: Ancestral File IGI, 1881 British & Canadian Census Index 1880 US Federal Census Index, FHL Catalog, Pedigree Resource File and valuable research outlines for each US state, Canadian province and most major countries or regions of the world.
• www.EllisIslandRecords.org provides a searchable index to over 22 million people who came through the Port of New York between 1892-1924. Links include scanned images of original passenger lists, in addition to descriptions and photos of ships.
• http://memory.loc.gov/ammem Library of Congress’ American Memory Project providing access "to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity."
• www.itd.nps.gov.cwss The National Park Service’s Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System database of over 5 million entries for both Union & Confederate.
• http://freebmd.rootsweb.com FreeBMD aims to "transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It currently holds nearly 105 million records.
• www.immigrantships.net Home of the Immigrant Ship’s Transcribers Guild.
• www.Afrigeneas.com including the Slave Data Project and how-to articles.
• www.iarchives.com/anc_04/search.jsp scanned and searchable pages from the published Pennsylvania Archives.
• http://www.genuki.org.uk GENUKI stands for Genealogy of the UK and Ireland.
• www.JewishGen.org features Family Finder, ShtetLinks of over 200 communities, ShtetlSeeker and perhaps the largest project known as the Jewish Records Indexing-Poland. Name searches employ the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System.
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