Saturday, February 28, 2015
PGS Educational Events for the Week of 1-7 March 2015
The WPA Historical Records Survey
This reference is not for the feint of heart. The link will take you to an online digitized book titled “The WPA Historical Records survey: A Guide to the Unpublished Inventories, Indexes, and Transcripts.”
This is an inventory of WPA era work products that, in the end, were not published. It will tell you state by state what records were covered by the WPA and where they exist in archives across the country.
This information may guide your genealogy trip planning for the future. The list starts at page 9, but the pages before that will give you a history of the project.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records & Obituaries
The post before this one gave you a link to online death indexes and records for Canada. This one focuses on the United States.
The links are organized by state, and then by county. Both fee and free sites are listed, and noted as such.
Joe does a great job keeping the links updated and continually adds to them. Put this link in your favorites and visit it frequently.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Canada Death Records…Indexes
This is a great site by Joe Beine. It is a list of links to online death indexes and records for Canada, organized by province. You will find both free and pay sites listed, but the list warns you which is which before you commit to the URL.
As advertised, the links lead to indexes as well as records when they exist. Joe does a good job of keeping the list updated as well.
Check it our at: Online Death Indexes and Records for Canada
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Godfrey Memorial Library Databases Available to Largo Public Library Genealogists
- American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI)
- Biographies – alphabetical surname list of published genealogies
- Cemeteries – Ed Laput Cemetery Project; indexes alphabetized by state (mostly Connecticut); cemetery records listed by Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Italy (only a few)
- Church records – indexes and record books
- Directories – alphabetized by state
- Funeral Home Records – indexes and record books
- Genealogies – alphabetized lists of books, family charts and journals
- Godfrey digital content on World Vital Records – digitized books
- Helpful Websites – table of links organized by state and by topic
- Maps – alphabetized by states
- Military – Books in three categories: Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War
- Newspapers – 19th century US Newspapers
- State and Local Histories – Alphabetized by state
- Vital Records – alphabetized list by state (mostly Connecticut and Massachusetts)
Monday, February 16, 2015
Chicago Maps Online
If you have ancestors from the Chicago area, you may be interested in this site. It offers a collection of historic as well as current Chicago maps.
Once you decided on a map to view, you are given controls to pan and zoom.
Check it out at: Chicago in Maps
Sunday, February 15, 2015
PGS Educational Events for the Week of 15-21 February
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Proving Native American Ancestry
Here is an interesting article by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Meaghan Siekman about proving Native American Ancestry. Even if you are not in the position to do that, the article has examples of the use of DNA testing and how it can be used in this pursuit that can be of interest to all researchers.
It is also interesting to see how different tribes address the issue of requirements for tribal affiliation.
Check it out at: American Indian Ancestry: Establishing Legal Proof - The Root
Monday, February 9, 2015
Ways To Up Your Productivity
This article from our friends at GenealogyInTime Magazine is a good review of things we should be doing, and it may include some items we have not thought of…at least not recently.
The article brings together some topics covered previously in the online magazine, such as the Top 10 Genealogy Websites, using their own Genealogy Search Engine, Searching Using Name Abbreviations, etc. This is a great review and well-worth a read.
Find the article at: Simple Ways to Improve Your Genealogy Productivity
Sunday, February 8, 2015
PGS Events for the Week of 8-14 February
Friday, February 6, 2015
Sharon, CT Tombstone Information Online
This website provides tombstone information from the community of Sharon, Connecticut. No less than sixteen burying grounds are listed. Just click on the “Genealogy” tab at the top of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum home page to go to the cemetery information.
While you are at the site, take a moment to look around and you will find other useful genealogical data relative to the area.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Maps on the Web
This site offers an eclectic collection of maps. There is a search field on the home page where you can look for a key word, but if you are stumped about what to search for, try the “Tag Cloud.”
Every map is tagged with one or more terms based on what the map relates to, and you can see all of those terms in a unique way. They are all listed alphabetically, but the font of the those tags used more frequently is larger.
See the maps at: Maps on the Web