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Internet Research Tips & Treasures

Discussions on getting the most out of the internet for quality genealogical research - search engines, what's new, where to find great resources - your favorite tips and any great treasures you'd like to share

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Where do you find the best info online? What are you looking for? I love swapping great genealogy web sites! Start a discussion thread and lets share ideas.

I keep a toolbar of great links for internet genealogy research, and constantly add new great sites as I find them, so it is definitely a work in progress. I'm always looking for great sites to add to it and share with others. Anyone can download the toolbar for free, and you can easily uninstall it if you don't like it. http://RelativelyCurious.OurToolbar.com/

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Comment by Richie C. on February 7, 2010 at 4:36pm
Cheri,
You're so right. GenWeb pages are hit or miss, but one should definitely check out the county (if searching USA) GenWeb sites where ancestors lived. It could be a goldmine of info, depending on where.
Comment by Cheri Hopkins on February 7, 2010 at 4:04pm
I love to use the USGenWeb sites also. Even though I subscribe to several pay sites, this is a wonderful free source that many people overlook for what it has to offer. Some state/county pages are better than others but I always check these state offerings along with other tools. I have found great family facts and leads here that have not been anyplace else. If you have not used this resource, be sure to try it!
Comment by Debra Burbank on December 9, 2009 at 6:00pm
I love archive.org as I have found a lot of books (in their entirety) that have the historical info about my ancestors.
Comment by Sarah Coles on December 9, 2009 at 5:28pm
Amen, Richie!

I love Google Books. I found so much information about my ancestors on there and sometimes you can even download some of the information that you might find. Just too bad you don't get the whole book in most cases but you can always check what libraries have them as you say.
Comment by Richie C. on December 9, 2009 at 4:52pm
One of my favorite freebies via the internet is searching on Google Books, as opposed to Google. This is most useful if you're searching for people who lived more than 80 years ago, it seems, due to copyright laws. But you might find:
(1) a book mentioning your ancestor is available in full or in part for free as a .pdf
(2) there's only a snippet and the book isn't avalable online....BUT there's a link you can click on to show you what libraries have the book. If it's not in a special collection, maybe you can borrow it through inter-library loan.
Comment by Kimberly Paul on November 10, 2009 at 2:00pm
I just discovered GenealogyWise, & I love it. I also recently rediscovered Heritage Quest. One thing I really like about HQ is you can learn so much about where your ancestors lived & how they lived.
Another great resource I discovered is called "Michigan County Histories". If you have a lot of ancestors who lived in Michigan, this is a great site to get info on your ancestors. And this site is free, & you don't need a library card.
Comment by tami osmer glatz on August 23, 2009 at 2:51pm
One "tip" about PERSI, is that once you've located a journal article that you are interested in, click the name of the article from the "Articles Results" list, then click on the name of the periodical on the next page which will say "Article Details" That will bring up a list of repositories that have that journal or magazine, and if you're lucky one will be near you, and you can visit and make the copy yourself. But honestly, if I have several articles from several journals, I'll pay the $7.50 plus copies - its worth it to save my own time!
Comment by Nancy Hurley on August 19, 2009 at 8:07pm
Thanks Dae. I read your PERSI presentation and it was very informative. Gave me a much wider understanding or picture of what the assets are. Before this I guess I dismissed that resource as being one for those whose ancestors may have been somewhat "notable." Now I'm anxious to get further into it.
Comment by Dae Powell on August 19, 2009 at 3:16pm
Ahh, Tami:
You mention PERSI, one of my faves. I have a presentation on my web site that focuses on it: PERSI Presentation -- so check it out!
Happy Dae·
Comment by Ellen Healy on August 19, 2009 at 1:25pm
I am always grateful for any advice and tips. This sounds good.
 

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