Monday, February 9, 2015

My New Resources Pages Are Up!

I have been working on a major update of my Resource page, which contained links to helpful online resources I'd found as I researched my family history. In this update, my one Resource page has grown to five Resource pages because I am including links to every useful resource I have found in my family history research this past year-and-a-half relating to the U.S.A., Canada, the U.K. & Ireland, and Germany. In addition there’s an Etcetera page for links I want to keep that don’t fall under the foregoing categories.

These pages will grow as I continue to find sites that will be useful in my future research, but right now my “Resources: U.S.A.” page has over 100 links to helpful websites (several of which are portals to hundreds of online databases) under the following categories: General (covers the whole country), U.S. Government, Military, Immigration, History, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Newspapers, Books, and Blog Finders.

My “Resources: Canada” page has over 80 links to helpful websites, several of which, again, are portals to hundreds of online databases containing thousands of records. I’ve organized them under the following categories: General (covers the whole country), History, United Empire Loyalists, Immigration/Emigration, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario / Upper Canada, Quebec / Lower Canada, Newspapers, and Books. [The Canadian page is the one I had to do twice as I accidently deleted it just as I finished it the first time.]

My “Resources: U.K. / Ireland” page contains resources relating to the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is not as well developed because last year I temporarily ended my research on each line with the ancestor(s) who came to North America if I could get that far. It will grow in the future as I discover more sites to use. I’ve got about 25 different links on this page split up among sections for England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (most of them are for Ireland and Scotland).

My “Resources: Germany” page is again not well developed because I haven’t done much with my German ancestors yet. There are about ten links so far, but they do include a few portal sites to hundreds of databases, and if you’ve got ancestors who emigrated from Baden Wurttemberg the LandesArchive site is very helpful.

Lastly, my “Resources: Etc.” page contains links to websites I’ve found helpful and want to keep at my fingertips, but don’t fit in the prior four categories.  The categories on this page, so far, are Oddments (a list of the meaning of archaic medical terms, Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, How to get Patent Drawings, an article on Women and Insane Asylums, etc. – you get the idea), Images – for blogs (the sites I use to find public domain or creative commons licensed pictures for my blog), Copyright - U.S.A, and Tools (tools for genealogy, how to articles and videos, etc.).

Take a look, you might find something helpful.

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  1. Great idea, Jo. maybe someday I'll transfer my bookmarks to a 'resource' page too.


    1. Now I can always reach them, even if I'm not on my own computer/devices, too!

      It would be great if you did before I get to the point of researching my Irish ancestors - then I could check your resource page to know where to go look! So, please do!

  2. Jo,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks so much, Jana! Funnily, I found out by reading your blog ( a must every Friday) first, before I ever saw my email. I was so surprised! You made my day!

  3. Thanks for your comment on my post about my great, grandmother who threw up what appeared to be a lizard. Gross!

    A great idea to put your resources together. I'm going to check out your German page & I do have ancestors from Baden Wurttemberg . Thanks for putting these together!

  4. Hi, Jo,

    I just wanted to let you know that your post is highlighted on my "Friday Finds and Follows" post at my genealogy blog, AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.


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