Websites to help us Research our Families (part 1) - Diana Davis
Subject: Websites to help us Research our Families (part 1)
From: Diana Davis
Date: February 13, 1999

These have been sent to me through various lists I belong to over the
past 6 to 8 months.  I am putting them together to save space.  Maybe
they will help some of the new people on the lists.  Sorry for
duplicate mailings.  Diana
A wonderful site to check out if you need a definition of a
genealogical term is:

Click on the "D" and scroll down to dower.
Another site for England/Wales information.

URL for 1775-1920 U.S. Maps
>Here is a searchable site at the University of Michigan that may be
>interest to some.  It contains books and periodicals from the 19th
>century that have been scanned - you don't see a transcription, you
>the real thing.
if you need to know more about uploading and downloading from the
internet, FTM has a 'lesson' to help at:
For anyone doing research in Indiana
The  ship passenger lists are located at

The Emigrant  Ship Lists Transcribers Guild
Another URL that I have used is:

*Census Groundworks:

*"Census Online" - Links to Census Sites: http://www.census-

*USGenWeb Archives - Census:

*Want to help index your county for the USGenWeb Census project?

*US GenWeb Census Project:


*US Census Gazetteer-place lookups:

*US Census maps:

*Official US Census Bureau homepage:

*Check the frequency of names in the 1990 Census:

*Finding treasures in the US Census:

  I heartily recommend visiting the "National Union Catalog of
Collections," also known as NUCMC, at:

  The print version, which we librarians call "nuck-muck," has been
reference standby for years.  I didn't know it was available online,
boy, did I print out reams of records from it.

  So why should you be interested in NUCMC?  First of all, let me
what a "union catalog" is.  A union catalog is what you call the
(whether in print, microform, or online) of recording and describing
holdings of multiple libraries, archives, or similar repositories.
example, I worked in a public library that had a county-wide union
list of
periodicals, which enabled us to refer patrons to another local
(college, university, historical society, etc.) if our library
happened not
to subscribe to a certain periodical (magazine, journal, etc.) and
else did.

  Now, most of you know that the colleges, universities, historical
societies, archives, and libraries across this country have all
sorts of
one-of-a-kind items, usually from people, places, and things that
there anymore.  People who are deceased, companies that are defunct,
charities that folded, and so on.  Items such as:

* family bibles
* family papers
* business records
* church records
* charity records
* ethnic organization records
* arts & cultural organization records
* photographs
* political and advocacy organization records
* maps, posters, charts
* architectural plans
* letters, correspondence, diaries

  What NUCMC did was survey these repositories large and
small--across the
entire US--and publish the results in many, many large volumes,
which are
still available in libraries.  And now NUCMC is online, meaning that
you can
do a search on your family names, place names, and institutions
with the people you are researching. You can search the companies
worked for, the clubs, societies, and fraternal organizations they
to, the churches they attended, and so on.

  Now, there's *never* any guarantee that the records you seek were
given to
a proper repository instead of going in the furnace or dumpster, or
that an
ancestor left important papers, but try a simple search on your (US)
hometown and see if you were familiar with half of the stuff that
turns up.
Then try a search on "_______ family" (your surname).  Those with
names will probably have the most success.

  I did an easy word search on "Buffalo, New York" and got over 500
several of which told me that some religious charities' records are
now held
by an archive elsewhere in the state; that the  papers of a few
Buffalo citizens are likewise in out-of-town repositories.

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