GENEALOGY RESEARCH
ON THE INTERNET
Class and Website

This Class WAS Given At The Los Angeles Family History Library or LAFHL
which has been renamed The Los Angeles FamilySearch Library or LAFSL.
Instructor Jon Schweitzer

HOME    OLD LAFSL HOME    NEW LAFSL HOME

This is a Website companion to the class.

Revised 13 February 2014.
Main Topics
1. Introduction To Class
2. Internet
3. World Wide Web System
4. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Hosting Web Sites (Hosts)
5. Computer News
6. Search Engines And Other Tools
7. Bookmarks and Favorites
8. Printing
9. Develop Given And Surname Lists
10. Starting Your Web Search
11. General Genealogy Sites
12. Surname Sites
13. Map Sites
14. General Research
15. Databases
16. Newspaper Research
17. Site Finder
18. Search Localities
19. Resources By Country
20. Publications
21. Commercial Sites
22. People Finders
23. Vital Records
24. Censuses
25. Military Records
26. Land
27. Computer Internet Security
28. Web Site Design
29. Libraries
30. Camera
31. Blogs
32. The Best Computer Freeware Programs
1. Introduction To Class

Before you start work on the Internet you must review the important Internet security information and the software for your computer found at http://www.encinojon.com/comintsec/

2. Internet

Internet Snuff You Need to Know, http://www.cyndislist.com/internet-genealogy/

Find dead and old versions of Web pages back to 1996 archived at The Wayback Machine at http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

3. World Wide Web System (The Web) (WWW) (3W)

Most public libraries have computers connected to the Web you may use. The World Wide Web for the Clueless, http://www.mit.edu/~rei/wwwintro.html

4. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Hosting Web Sites (Hosts)

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Costs and Services and Finding An ISP and How To Choose An ISP, http://www.encinojon.com/isp/

Top 10 Web Hosting - Best Web Hosts http://webhostinggeeks.com/?gclid=CJ7PwpmWhpgCFQhdswodiFOGDQ

5. Computer News

See the latest computer news at the Computer User web site at http://www.computeruser.com/

6. Search Engines And Other Tools

Search Engine Types, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/558/03

Pro and Cons of Search Engine Types

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - Search Engines (use Alta Vista, Dogpile, Google, Inference Find and Yahoo), http://www.cyndislist.com/search-engines

100 Useful Tips and Tools to Research the Deep Web at http://www.online-college-blog.com/index.php/features/100-useful-tips-and-tools-to-research-the-deep-web/

Search Engines: Tools for searching the Web, http://hanlib.sou.edu/searchtools/

Choose the Best Search for your Information Need, http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html

Finding web pages (using search engines), http://www.journalismnet.com/search/index.htm

Multiple search engines, http://www.journalismnet.com/search/multiple.htm

7. Bookmarks and Favorites

Managing Your Bookmarks and Favorites, I.E. - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Managing-your-Internet-Explorer-favorites and Firefox - http://mozilla.gunnars.net/firefox_bookmarks_tutorial.html

8. Printing

Money Saving Hints About Inkjet Printers And Refilling Cartridges and suggestions about printing http://www.encinojon.com/inkjet/

Money saving suggestions about refilling ink cartridges

9. Develop Given Name And Surname Lists

Develop a list of all possible spelling variations for each given name and surname you are researching. Use "Names, Nicknames and Missspelled Names" (Ref 929.4 C191c and 929.4 C191c).

Enter the surnames HERE to find some more spelling variations.

Consult the book, "A Practical Guide to the MISTEAKS Made in Census Indexes", Richard H. Saldana, 1987, (973 X2pra), pages 31 and 32 for other interpretations of each letter in a surname. Use this book to develop additional variations.

10. Starting Your Web Search

Searching Smart on the World Wide Web (book)

Search Engine Tips

ABI Search Engine Tips

Search Engine Tips

Handy Online Starting Points, http://www.cyndislist.com/handy

11. General Genealogy Sites

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet (about 323,412 links in 190 categories), http://www.cyndislist.com/

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library (LAFSL) - NEW SITE, https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Los_Angeles_Family_History_Library

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library (LAFHL) - OLD SITE, http://www.lafhl.org/index.htm

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library Research, http://www.encinojon.com/lafhl/

Genealogy Research In The Los Angeles Area, http://www.encinojon.com/laresearch/

101 Best (Genealogy) Web Sites on Family Tree Magazine's Web Site at
http://familytreemagazine.com/upload/101-websites-2010.pdf for 2010

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service (Salt Lake Family History Library)

Home  https://familysearch.org/

Search  https://familysearch.org/

Catalog - OLD  https://familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp

Catalog - NEW  https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog

Library  https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library


A Barrel of Genealogy Links, http://www.genealogytoday.com/barrel/

12. Surname Sites

Ten free big Surname/Pedigree Database sites are linked at http://genealogy.about.com/od/databases/tp/surname_search.htm

GenForum, http://genforum.genealogy.com/

Roots Surname List - Interactive Search, http://rsl.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/rslsql.cgi

Guild of One - Name Studies - Mainly the UK, http://www.one-name.org/

Linkpendium - very big site of surnames http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/sur/

13. Map Sites

Google Maps, http://maps.google.com/

Cyndi's List Maps, Gazetteers, http://www.cyndislist.com/maps

Maps On Other Web Sites, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/map_sites.html

Maps and Satellite Views, http://maps.yahoo.com/

Welcome To MapQuest!, http://www.mapquest.com/

Map Machine: Resources, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/csites/index.html

14. General Research

Social Security Death Index, http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/ssdi
Use the Advanced Research.

DAR Research, http://www.encinojon.com/dar/

My Virtual Reference Desk, http://www.refdesk.com/factgene.html

i Tools, http://tools.com/

YourDictionary.com - Home Page, http://www.yourdictionary.com/

Translate foreign languages at:
http://babelfish.altavista.com/ and
http://www.freetranslation.com/ and
http://www.google.com/language_tools

15. Databases

Cyndi's List Databases, http://www.cyndislist.com/database

Ancestry.com - Search, Cost $, http://www.ancestry.com/search/default.aspx?

Search Engines (Databases, Archives and other things), http://searches.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

16. Newspaper Research

Newspaper Research, http://www.encinojon.com/newspaper/

The wonderful NewspaperARCHIVE.com or Access Newspaper Archives with searchable and printable newspaper items that are online may NOW be accessed from the Los Angeles CITY Public Library's (LAPL) website at: http://databases.lapl.org/ You need a Los Angeles CITY Public Library card number to access the Access Newspaper Archives website. It's the first one at the top of the list. Click on it and enter your card number and the last 4 digits of your phone number you have on file with the LAPL.

17. Site Finder

Genealogy.com: Genealogy SiteFinder: Main Directory, http://www.genealogy.com/links/

18. Search Localities

WorldGenWeb Project - Homepage Index, http://www.worldgenweb.org/

USGenWeb Archives, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgenweb/

The USGenWeb Project - Home Page, http://usgenweb.org/

Linkpendium - very big site of localities - USA http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/

19. Resources By Country

Genealogical Resources by Country - compiled by Library of Congress

20. Publications

Publications Online by Myra Vanderpool Gormley

21. Commercial Site

Ancestry.com Genealogy Research, Cost $, http://www.ancestry.com/

22. People Finders

The Whitepages http://www.whitepages.com/

ZabaSearch, http://www.zabasearch.com/

United States Phone Books, http://www.infobel.com/en/world/WorldTeldir.aspx?page=/eng/namc/us

World Telephone Directories on the Web, http://www.infobel.com/en/world/

Private Eye, http://www.privateeye.com/

23. Vital Records

Vital Records Information - Related Links, http://vitalrec.com/links.html

24. Censuses

The 1790 to 1930 U.S. Census images may also be accessed free and printed from all the
computers using Ancestry.com at the LAFHL.

The wonderful Heritage Quest website with it's U.S. Census resources may NOW be accessed from the Los Angeles CITY Public Library's website at: http://databases.lapl.org/ You need a Los Angeles CITY Public Library card number to access the Heritage Quest website. Enter your card number, Submit, Click on "H" database and find Heritage Quest and finally click on the Heritage Quest link and proceed.

You can also use Heritage Quest at home if you have Los Angeles COUNTY Public Library card at http://colapublib.org/periodicals/ Look under "Reference" to find and click on "Heritage Quest". Enter your 13 digit (no spaces) card number and proceed.

25. Military Records

Military Research U.S. Class

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - U.S. - Military, http://www.cyndislist.com/military

A great list of Web sites of searchable military online records and databases is at http://www.germanroots.com/military.html The "requires payment" ones are at Ancestry.com.

Cyndi's List - Military Resources Worldwide, http://www.cyndislist.com/military-worldwide

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors searchable databases, http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/

Military Personnel Records - Other Helpful Sites, http://www.archives.gov/veterans/index.html

WWII Army Enlistments Online Searchable Database of  9+ million names is explained HERE and linked to HERE.

Civil War Photographs Online Catalog is explained at http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/07/american_civil_.html#more

VA Offers On-Line Nationwide Gravesite Locator
"More than 3 million records showing where veterans have been buried in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries are now available online. The innovation will make it easy for anyone with Internet access to search for the gravesite locations of deceased family members and friends." You can access this resource by using the link "The National Grave Locator" on the left at http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/

26. Land

Land Research - U.S. Class

The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) website with GLO Records is at http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

27. Computer Internet Security

Computer Internet Security Class

28. Web Site Design

Web Site Design For Beginners Class
Web Site Design - Intermediate Class
Web Site Design - Advanced Class
Webmastering

29. Libraries

Online Catalog (Library of Congress), http://catlog.loc.gov/

Allen County Public Library Homepage, http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/

CSUN Library Homepage, http://library.csun.edu/

Libweb - Library WWW Servers, http://www.lib-web.org/

Libweb Keyword Searching (used to find the Web pages of libraries),
http://www.ohiolink.edu/cgi-bin/libweb-search.pl

30. Camera

Using A Digital Camera For Genealogy Images

31. Blogs

"A blog is a discussion or informational site published (sometime daily) on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first)."

The Genealogy Blog Finder is at http://blogfinder.genealogue.com/

10 Genealogy Blogs Worth Reading are at http://genealogy.about.com/od/blogs/tp/genealogy.htm

The 1. Blog at the latter website is the wonderful Genea-Musings at http://www.geneamusings.com/

32. The Best Computer Freeware Programs

You will find the best freeware at http://www.techsupportalert.com/


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