19 December 2010 ~ 1 Comment

The Yahoo! of Genealogy – Cyndi’s List

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the InternetOne woman has taken on the great task of creating a website that holds almost 300K links to genealogy resources. Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites is a free, categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. You will find anything and everything there. What is truly astounding is that Cyndi has been doing this for over a decade and pretty much does it all on her own! I remember when Yahoo! started out and it was basically the same thing – a categorized index of websites. That’s why I like to think of Cyndi’s List as the Yahoo! of Genealogy.

When I started to trace my family tree almost all the searches I did led me to Cyndi’s website. There are sections about every geographical location (including Antarctica!), sections on ethnicities, languages, religions and much, much more. Here are some examples:

Orphans: One of the toughest topics to research in genealogy in my opinion. Cyndi has 151 resources that deal with orphans – all on one page and all broken down into subcategories.

Family Bibles: Always a great place to find unique family information, Cyndi has 171 Family Bible links.

Wills & Probates: There is a lot of information that can be found in these types of sources – Cyndi has 371 links to Wills & Probate resources.

I could go on an on, but you should just check it out for yourself. And if you have a link to add or update, Cyndi has a process for that as well.

Happy researching!

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18 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Trace My Family Tree – First Step: Collect

So you’ve decided to figure out who everyone is in your family tree. “How do I trace my family tree?” you may ask yourself. “What is the first step?”

Well, start out by collecting anything and everything you have about the family. Here’s a quick list:

Photos & Postcards
Family Bibles
Other Family Heirlooms

Everything you gather may hold valuable clues to the identity and lives of your ancestors. Get into that basement or attic and look for old boxes that may have been left there when a relatives passed away. Check the closets and filing cabinets. You might have a lot of stuff or very little, but don’t be discouraged. You can get started with just your memory!

Don’t worry too much about identifying or sorting through everything right away. Just make sure you know where everything came from because you’re going to want to keep that in mind when you cite your sources later on.

Since these are supposed to be quick tips, that’s it for right now. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the next step!

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