FamilySearch wiki https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page
Genealogy at About.com http://genealogy.about.com/
state-genealogy.com or .org example:
Organizing Your Research
RootsWeb Family Group Sheet
Misbach Data Entry Family Group sheet
Bailey Family Timeline
Organizing Digital Files
Kay’s handout Hierarchy for Organizing Digital Genealogy Files
Kay’s handout Organizing Files with Windows Explorer
Tips for Mac users:
Check out the rest of “Cult of Mac’s” tips for Mac users
Tips for Windows users:
Research Logs and Forms
Federal Census Data Table for a summary of useful family history information in each US census population schedule from 1850-1940.
Review the FamilySearch wiki article “United States Record Selection Table” for suggestions on which record types would be most useful in answering particular research questions.
LDSgenealogy.com: “Our records directory contains 603,054 record sources from 930 websites and archives [as of January 2017]. All sources have been organized by state, county, city, and record type. Only actual genealogy records are listed. Both online and archive sources are included.”
State and County resources:
- US GenWeb (links to websites set up by state and county genealogical societies, many with unique datasets contributed by volunteers): http://usgenweb.org/
- Genealogy Inc. (county maps, overview of state and county history and available records, links to online datasets): http://www.genealogyinc.com/
- For a quick run-down of records collections available for each state, visit
example: Pennsylvania State Archives http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_archives/
example: Cuyahoga (Ohio) County Archives http://publicworks.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/Archives.aspx
County Government Websites
example: Escambia County (Florida) Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller http://www.escambiaclerk.com/clerk/coc_online_public_records.aspx
example: Shelby County (Tennessee) Register of Deeds http://register.shelby.tn.us/
Google Books: Search for surnames and/or localities to find published genealogies and local histories.
Internet Archive : Search for surnames and/or localities to find published genealogies and local histories.
For tips on how to make the most use of the information in each census see Follow Your Family Using Census Records
Blank printable US census forms (from Midwest Genealogy Center):
Census Crib Sheet courtesy of Jerry Merritt provides a quick chart to estimate ages of individuals in pre-1850 Censuses
For a handy chart that allows you to compare households across the federal censuses 1790 through 1840, see:
CensusMate – Census worksheet for genealogy and family history
Elizabeth Shown Mills Evidence Explained: A great resource for writing citations, this is Elizabeth Shown Mills’ companion website to her reference book Evidence Explained. “Sample QuickCheck Models” and the Forums are terrific!
City Directories of the United States of America http://www.uscitydirectories.com/
see also “Books” above
Family Tree Training: Resources to Get You Started includes How-To videos, Guides and Manuals. You will need to register for a free account with the Family Search website in order to access this link.
Earth Point http://www.earthpoint.us/
“Public Land Survey System” explained at http://geology.isu.edu/geostac/Field_Exercise/topomaps/plss.htm
Google Maps https://maps.google.com/
Google Earth http://www.google.com/earth/index.html
Migration Routes Across the US:
Stanford Data Visualization: map of US with links to publications
Viewshare Historical Newspapers Online
Online Historical Newspapers by State
Passenger Lists (and SO much more!):
1-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse, San Francisco at SteveMorse.org