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Genealogy and Family History: Websites

A guide to assist those interested in starting a family history project.

Gravestones are a Great Source of Genealogical Information

Ebsco has many good articles on the history of burial practices. Understanding such practices is an important part of of writing and understanding your ancestors/family history.

Websites of Significant Genealogical Organizations

Private Organizations and Associations

The Genealogy Guys Podcast

Mind Mapping Tools Video (Visualize the Complex)

African American Ancestry

Genealogy in Spanish (the TMCC Library has books on this as well)

Understanding Genealogical Numbering Systems

Websites that Allow You to Share Your Family Photographs

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act has made it possible for you to obtain many records on your ancestors.  But exactly what is it, and how can you use it to further your family history reserach?

Book Catalogs to Search for Family Information

Rootsweb and World Connect

Free Genealogy Forms and State Guides

World Wide Web

How To Locate Your Ancestral Records Online for Free

Government Agencies

Websites of Government Agencies that can assist with your genealogy

Video on the Importance of Understanding Boundary Changes While Researching Your Ancestors

Date Each State was Admitted to the Union

Historical Boundaries

Free Online Family Tree Websites: Create Your Family Tree for Free

Deaf Genealogy

The Importance of Maps in Genealogy

Maps are an invaluable resource in your genealogy tool box. They can help you locate where your ancestor lived. There are many different types of maps. Two very important tools are Plat maps, and Sanborn Maps. 


Plat Map: A drawing that shows the boundaries and features of a piece of property. In genealogy, platting refers to creating such a drawing from a metes-and-bounds or legal land description as a surveyor would have done.

Sanborn Map: Sanborn Maps was a creator and publisher of maps of US cities and towns. The Sanborn Maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance fire liability in urbanized areas in the United States United. The maps include detailed information about buildings in approximately 12,000 US towns and cities. The maps are invaluable for documenting changes in the built environment of American cities over many decades. They are a highly useful resource for historical research, planning, preservation,  genealogical research, sociological  studies and research of urban geography.

Understanding Maps for Genealogists

Did Your Ancestors Name Get Chanced at Ellis Island?


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Biodiversity Heritage Library

How to Find Archived Prison Records