Norma Nielson's "other" Home Page
I have maintained a professional
home page for several years now. Unlike that page, this site
is used to help keep myself organized about other activities of interest
outside my professional life. Of late that interest involves genealogical
research on the Internet. I have been working to learn the tricks
and tips for only about seven months now, but suddenly it seems that several
of my friends and acquaintances are expressing an interest in this area
as well. I decided that this page would be a good place to organize
-- for their use as well as my own -- links to my most-often-visited links
annotated with a few words of advice.
Finding Genealogical Information
The value of on-line search engines is growing every day. Here are some
of the ones I use:
is organized state-by-state and county-by-county to provide access to resources
all across the U.S. These links sometimes can take you directly to
the information you need if you have good information about the
place where an event occurred. This site also provides a link to
GenWeb which works the same way to help locate information in most
In addition to sites that allow you
to search raw data, several other tools organize data posted on-line by
other researchers and help you find researchers whose interests overlap
Check the main Rootsweb
Search engine, which includes all the various USGenWeb Archives Digital
Library, typically includepublic information such as census records, land
sales, marriage records, and death records. Still, selection by state
Census on-line links to on-line
census resources as does the
USGenWeb Census Project.
In many instances these links point to the same files, but it is worth
checking both because they are not simultaneously updated. In addition,
images of census are available.
Project contains millions of names that can be searched.
Miami Valley Ohio Genealogical
claims it adds one new searchable CD-ROM database per day. While
their site is designed to encourage subscriptions, the newest databases
are free for the first 10 days after posting. I find it very helpful
to check back every few days.
Genealogy Exchange and Surname Registry
a small selection of databases for free searching, but some are not available
Ship Transcribers Guild has more than
300 passenger lists posted with new ones added weekly. If you don't
find your ancestor here, also check obituary
index sponsored by Rootsweb
adds a lot of new contemporary information daily. It is of particular
value to those who contribute.
Not everything is on-line! In
conjunction with the Books
We Own site on the Internet site, I volunteer
to do lookups in several reference Books
Helper allows a single search to locate all the queries and surname
registrations around the country and around the world that pertain to your
subject. Not all counties and states of USGenWeb
are currently included in these searches, but they are rapidly being converted.
Finder Index indexes information published of Family
Tree Maker software.
However, much of that information is not available unless you buy their
data. However, if you find something of interest these links can
help you get to the additional details you want:
lists submitters of trees listed on the World Family Tree CDs. When the
tree you need is listed, it is the fastest way to get to the source.
However, many trees are not yet listed and you will need to take the next
lists different people who own CDs and volunteer to do lookups. This site
offers limited lookups on a wide range of CD's. Though not 100% reliable,
these lookups ease the frustration of using Family
Finder Index and being linked to nothing more that the ads!
Genealogical Database Index is a site that "contains links to all known
genealogical databases searchable through the Web." It organizes
the databases in a way that clearly identifies the major surnames in the
file and the contributor. This index does not add much functionality
for those files also listed on GENDEX, but it provides one central place
to look for researchers with similar interests who might post their data
using techniques other than GED2HTML.
Links of greatest interest to "Cousins"
I'm still looking for a central on-line
location for quality information concerning the BEAVER surname.
Our own family:
Indexed BUCKNER information at Judy
A page devoted entirely to genealoty
of the EDWARDS
family. I also have started a page to organize info from people with
information that ties into my own family's legend about its ownership interest
in the infamous claim of the EDWARDS
estate on parts of Manhattan island. An article
describing this as a "scam" common during the early 1900s makes interesting
-- if disappointing -- reading.
Tree. In addition, the National
Huguenot Society provides much information about the history of this
branch of my family tree.
home page. I have not yet found very many links with other SELBYs,
but if I ever do it will be because the people who correspond through this
page and its related mailing list helped make it happen!
Two resources for STANLEY researchers:
The Stanley Families of America site and the other by Ian
Indexed ZANER/ZEHNER information at
Page maintained by Norma
Nielson. Last updated March 18, 2003.