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Sunday, July 20, 2008



A BGS Summer Workshop on Favorite Internet Resources was held at the Central Brevard Library on Monday, July 14, 2008, with Vera Zimmerman moderating. The workshop was well attended and a wide variety of Internet resources were discussed as well as a few non-Internet resources (also known as books). Here's a list of those web sites and books.

Our own society's web page with links to newsletters and other useful information.
BGS school page with useful articles on how to use Family Search's IGI and other subjects.
Always a good place to start and still free. Clicking on a state link takes you to the State website.
Census images and more. Fee site.
Historical newspapers from 1690-1977, historical books from 1801-1900, historical documents from 1789-1980, obituaries 1977-current, Social Security Death Index from 1937-current. Fee site.
Search Family Trees at WorldConnect. More than 480 million names on file. A good place to contact other researchers.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) website. Billions of free family trees, family histories, genealogy and census records.
FamilySearch Labs showcases new family history technologies that aren't ready for prime time.
The September 2008 issue has 101 Best Web Sites for Tracing Your Roots.
Old favorite with more than 264,000 links in 180 categories.
Social Security Death Index through Rootsweb.
Searching the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) in One Step, Stephen P. Morse site.
Stephen Morse's site also has search engines for immigration research, census research and more.
Florida's Virtual Reference Service. Email questions to a research librarian.

Links to online census records for U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland. Some are indexes, some are images, and some are abstracts.
Center for Disease Control site has all the information you need on where to write for Birth, Marriage and Death Records.
Obits Archive is the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries in the U.S.
Free through the library's databases. Accessible from home.
A resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide veterans' grave locator.
A wide range of resources including databases, family finder, articles, societies and discussion groups.
Other Jewish genealogy sites:
Dedicated to the collection, preservation and dissemination of research materials relevant to Polish heritage.

Other Polish sites:
More than just Italian genealogy, it has Naturalization and Vital Records databases for Kings, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Manhattan, Bronx, and Westchester Counties in New York.
New England Historic Genealogical Society site has Great Migration books online covering immigrants to New England from 1620-1633. Books are also in the Central Brevard Library Gen. Dept.
Available to search vital records from the Cocoa library- any computer.
Missouri genealogical information, including courthouse records, census and historical information.
Franklin City, Ohio cemeteries.
Over 65,000 digital photos of Ohio gravestones.
Kentucky Gen Web site.
Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives(KDLA)
Search for your family history in photos. Search by surname, state, country and more.
Daughters of the American Revolution Library.
Over 500 fun and useful things for the genealogist and family history researcher.
Information and links to hereditary societies in the U.S. from the Alamo Defenders' Descendants Association to the Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.
Tri-Counties Genealogical and History Site, Resource materials and tools for Bradford and Tioga County, PA and Chemung County, NY.
Georgia historical maps.
Georgia DOT maps, city and county, includes cemeteries and churches.
Methodist obits from the Southern Christian Advocate from 1837. South Carolina paper but includes Georgia and Florida in early years. GA newspaper started in 1878.

Non-Internet Resources (Books)

Best of Covered Wagon Women, Kenneth L. Holmes, University of Nebraska Press, 1995. Several volumes of journals and memoirs of women who went west on the Oregon and Sante Fe Trails, in the History area of the Central Brevard Library.
(You can also read Vol. 1 online at: )

Born Fighting, How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, by James Webb, Broadway Books, New York, 2004.

A Guide to Genealogical Research at the Louisiana State Archives by Judy Riffel, Baton Rouge, 2008.
Almost every state has something similar to help you prepare for a research trip.

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