It's not a matter of IF your hard drive will fail or become inaccessible. It's a matter of WHEN! Back up your data. You can use an external drive , the cloud, the internet or your email provider. There are a lot of options. Do some research. Be consistent.Back up your files on a monthly basis. Redundancy in this instance is a great thing. Back up your files in more than one way. If one fails you still have your files.
FamilySearch.org This is one of the best free online resources available. Search millions of digitized and indexed records from around the world. Some results point to offsite sources for digitized records. Don’t ignore the Learn tab; it’s packed with keyword-searchable articles and online courses.
Cyndi’s Listhttp://www.cyndislist.com/ T FREE Consider Cyndi Howells’ site your table of contents for online genealogy. You’ll find lists of sites dedicated to researching particular places, types of records, ethnic and religious groups, and more. Check out the Beginner’s category for guides and tips just for newbies. Code services offered: H =how-tos, R =records; S =share your data and T =tools. This is day 7.... Continue Reading →
Chronicling Americahttp://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ R FREE The Library of Congress’ portal to historical newspapers has two important areas of content: digitized newspaper pages (1836-1922) from 25 states and Washington, DC, and an index to all known newspapers published in the United States and where to find them today. Check back frequently for new content. To learn more about... Continue Reading →
Vital Rec http://www.vitalrec.com/ R H Free The most comprehensive resource for locating vital records. This site will show you to how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, naturalization, adoption and land records) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking... Continue Reading →
JewishGen http://www.jewishgen.org/ H R S FREE Make this your first stop for tracing Jewish roots. Under the Get Started tab, choose First Timer for an intro to Jewish research and the site. Free tutorials and paid classes are available. Search databases of Jewish surnames, family trees, towns, Holocaust victims and burials. Contribute your data to... Continue Reading →
Nine (9) top FREE genealogical websites. Sites suited for the beginning researcher. This is a short yet, comprehensive list that will allow you to explore (or for some revisit) a large range of resources that will help you on your journey. Over the next 9 days I will highlight a different website. Take time to visit the website and see what it has to offer. Every researcher should create their own toolkit of resources. This toolkit should expand and change overtime as your needs and research changes.
Hoosier State Chronicles Are you looking for copies of the Indianapolis Recorder or other Indiana newspapers? Follow the link shown above. There is a wonderful search function. Hoosier State Chronicles is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services... Continue Reading →
My Paternal lines are from Kentucky. Specifically Warren and Barren Counties in South Central Kentucky. Many years ago I joined a list-serv (email group) run by Sandi Gorin. Sandi and her daughter Michelle have transcribed and copied a lot of local resources. Even more important for my research, Michelle Gorin has transcribed a large number... Continue Reading →
Slave Schedules Tax Records Databases – Louisiana Wills Probate Records County Records Plantation/Farm Records Manumission Records Enslaved persons were not noted (by name) in the, most, census schedules prior to 1870 (the first census after the Civil War and Emancipation.) This is known as the 1870 Brick Wall. Over the next few weeks, I'll talk... Continue Reading →