Jump Start Your Genealogy Links

FREE Learning opportunities:

·         Ancestry.com webinars (a webinar is used to conduct live meetings or presentations via the Internet): http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/Webinars.aspx

·         FamilySearch.org is continually adding new online offerings.  All of the classes can be accessed on https://www.familysearch.org/learn/researchcourses

·         Genealogy podcasts, just like genealogy blogs, are a great way to expand your genealogical knowledge or keep you up to date on all the happenings in the genealogy world.  Podcasts are so easy to download and take with you to listen anywhere – in the car, exercising, while traveling, or even while doing simple chores around the house. Also downloadable are the previous shows to Blog Talk Radio.

1.      The Genealogy Guys (also known as Drew Smith and George G. Morgan) are amazing genealogists.  These guys know their stuff and have a long list of credentials and experience in the genealogy field. http://www.genealogyguys.com/

2.      Lisa Louise Cooke is the creator of this perfectly named podcast; The Genealogy Gems Podcast.   She has a regular FREE podcast (published about two times a month) and a premium podcast (more episodes and videos each month) http://www.genealogygems.tv/INDEX.htm

3.      The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, Lisa Louise Cooke also hosts this podcast that is centered on the popular genealogy magazine, Family Tree Magazine. She provides awesome research strategies, ideas, tips, and tricks to make you a better researcher. http://www.familytreemagazine.com/info/podcasts

4.      Family History: Genealogy Made Easy: This is a must listen to podcast if you are a newbie to the obsession hobby of genealogy− takes you step by step into how to research your family tree–taking you from a complete beginner to someone who understands the basics about the research process. http://personallifemedia.com/podcasts/415-family-history

5.      Geneabloggers Radio: Blog Talk Radio. Friday evenings at 7 p.m. PST. Every Friday evening is a new subject. Subscribe to reminders through Facebook on GeneaBloggers Radio [Like page]. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/geneabloggers

6.      Legacy Family Tree: On line webinars on many genealogy subjects. The webinars are free to listen to live, or for the first 10 days. Then you will need to purchase CD. http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp

·         Ancestors Website: The companion web site to the PBS family history and genealogy television series.  http://www.byub.org/ancestors

·          BYU, Brigham Young University−Independent Study provides personal enrichment courses for FREE.  http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/courses/free.cfm

·         Genealogy.com provides FREE online genealogy classes at:  www.genealogy.com/university.html

·         Rootsweb.com is the internet’s oldest and largest FREE genealogical community in 2008 Ancestry.com began hosting it in their community section: http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

·         National Genealogical Society’s−Test Your Skills website: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/educational_courses/online_courses/family_history_skills

·         Genealogy Boot Camp: 27 minute video, 21st Century resources presented by Thomas Jay Kemp: http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/Community/Thomas%20Jay%20Kemp/Genealogy_Boot_Camp/Player.html

·         DoHistory: http://dohistory.org/home.html

·         American Migration Patterns: http://FREEpages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gentutor/migration.html

·         Steve Morse: http://www.stevemorse.org/

·         Encyclopedia of Genealogy: http://www.eogen.com/

·         Blacksheep Ancestors: http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/

Involving Kids:

.        Youth Genealogy & Historical Research

·         Civil War database: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/

·         Paleography – reading old handwriting: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/palaeography/

·         Vital Records: http://vitalrec.com/

Forms to download [Note: PDF files, copy/paste to browser window]:

·         Research Log: http://new.lawsonresearch.net/app/uploads/2015/02/researchlog.pdf

·         Records to search: http://new.lawsonresearch.net/app/uploads/2015/02/insert.pdf

·         Checklists for source material:




·         Census Tools: Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for Census Data: http://www.censustools.com/

·         Cyndi’s List−Organizing your genealogy: http://www.cyndislist.com/organize.htm

·         Getting Started in Genealogy by William Dollarhide (free download):


Photos of people and/or cemeteries and/or headstones:

·         DeadFred: http://www.deadfred.com/

·         Find-A-Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/

·         US GenWeb Tombstone Project: http://www.usgwtombstones.org/

·         Internment: http://www.interment.net/

·         Veteran’s Affairs Gravesite Locator: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1

Connecting with others via databases:

·         Family Search (LDS church): www.familysearch.org

§         New FamilySearch.org: http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start

·         Rootsweb’s Worldconnect: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

·         Rootsweb, owned by Ancestry, but FREE:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

·         Ancestry: www.ancestry.com  Ancestry charges for much of their data, but you can find some FREE stuff.

·         GenForum:  http://www.genforum.genealogy.com  has a lot to wander through as well.

Mailing List:

·         Rootsweb: http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/  this site allows you to join mailing lists by surname or state or county, plus other miscellaneous mail lists.

Some of My Favorite Internet Sites:

·         Rootsweb: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

·         FamilySearch: www.familysearch.org

·         Ancestry: FREE and $: http://www.ancestry.com/

·         Cyndi’s List: http://www.cyndislist.com/

·         USGen Web Project:  http://usgenweb.org/

·         National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/

·         National Genealogical Society: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/

·         The Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/

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

·         Bureau of Land Management:  http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

·         Military Records:  http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/index.html

·         Genealogy Buff: http://www.genealogybuff.com/