Top Picks

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy fun challenge is to identify my top fee-based genealogy websites. I’m going to modify this slightly and list both my top fee-based and top-free sites.

Fee-Based

  1. Ancestry – I use Ancestry almost daily to research my family tree and to manage DNA results for myself, my brothers and my mother.
  2. Newspapers.com – This is my number one resource for obituaries, wedding announcements and other family news.
  3. Historygeo.com – First Landowners database: Since many of my lines were among the first settlers in several states, I find this site useful to locate their land on a map and to see their neighbors.
  4. Family Tree DNA – I manage my brother’s yDNA on Family Tree DNA and am checking our yDNA matches and the CRAWFORD yDNA project on a regular basis. The CRAWFORD project has a fantastic manager!
  5. Legacy Family Tree Webinars — When you live 75 miles from the nearest genealogy society or library, you seek out opportunities for genealogy education and this is one of the best.

Free

  1. Google — Google is my go-to search engine for everything, including locating more information on members of my family tree and/or information on their communities
  2. FamilySearch – I love the access to records, particularly deeds, that FamilySearch provides. I also use their family tree to check my research against the community consensus.
  3. Mapsofus.org – I love this website! I first started using this with Kentucky to try and figure out how county boundaries changed in early Kentucky.
  4. Facebook – I belong to a lot of different Facebook genealogy and history groups and find them very helpful. I love reading the historical posts and learn tons from posts on the genealogy community
  5. YouTube – lots of great genealogical and historical information here
  6. Google Books / Internet Archives – great resources for finding digitized county histories
  7. Bureau of Land Management: General Land Office Records — land patents
  8. Kentucky Secretary of State: Virginia and Old Kentucky Patent Series — early land records in Kentucky
  9. DAR Genealogy Research — learning more about my patriot ancestors
  10. Local Genealogical Societies – The Topeka Genealogical Society and Peoria County Genealogical Society have really stepped up during this time of Covid. Both are offering programs over zoom for their members. This is a great resource – especially for people like me who don’t live close to a society. I also have to give a shout-out to the Kentucky Genealogical Society for their recent digital conference that was fantastic and very economical!
  11. RootsTech — I’ve been ‘not at RootsTech’ for the past several years and encourage everyone to sign up for this winter’s Virtual RootsTech.

One thought on “Top Picks

  1. I’ve heard of Historygeo, but have never used it. I’ll have to go take a look. One can never have too many genealogy resources. 🙂

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