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Web Resources

Genealogists were among the first to see the usefulness of the Internet as a tool in their research. In the past twenty years, great strides have been made in presenting source material and research online for the use of all researchers. The following few web resources represent only a small segment of the genealogical material now available. However, these particular sources are great starting points for the beginner and the experienced researcher alike.


Alderman Reference
CS14 .K46 2003
Kemp, Thomas Jay. Virtual roots 2.0 : a guide to genealogy and local history on the World Wide Web. Rev. and updated. Wilmington, DE : Scholarly Resources, 2003.

Genealogical Instruction

About.com's Introduction to Genealogy (Free) (http://genealogy.about.com/library/lessons/blintro.htm)

American Genealogy: A Basic Course / National Genealogical Society ($) (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/eduhsc.cfm)

Brigham Young University Independent Online Courses in Family History ($) (http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/)

Cyndi’s List –Information for Beginners in Genealogy (http://www.cyndislist.com/beginner.htm)

Some Useful Web Resources

Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/) Subscription databases.
Includes charts and forms: http://www.ancestry.com/save/charts/ancchart.htm

British History Online. (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/) University of London & History of Parliament Trust, c2003-2006.
"British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research. With so much material now being published on the world wide web in either un-reviewed form, or in fee-based services, the IHR has shown its commitment to promoting the study of history by publishing these priceless resources for their historical value, cross-searchable, in one place and free of charge."

Cyndi's List (http://www.cyndislist.com) Created by Cyndi Howells, Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet is the original and most comprehensive index to websites pertaining to genealogy. It is updated daily.

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service (http://www.familysearch.org/)

Genealogy.com (http://www.genealogy.com/) Subscription database.

HeritageQuest Online. Available only from U.Va. locations. Often available through the public library. (http://www.heritagequestonline.com/)
Contains searchable access to the complete 1790-1930 U.S. Census and images of original census books, Periodicals Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, and ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Collection of 25,000+ family and local history books.

Library of Congress. American memory. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/) This website contains a plethora of primary sources, including the Documents of the Continental Congress and other U.S. government documents from 1774-1875, memoirs and papers of individuals, slave narratives, and photographs, to mention a few. As an example of the usefulness of these documents, the U.S. Statutes at Large can be useful to the genealogist to trace land grants, since the U.S. Congress investigated and ruled on many land grant disputes, mentioning the litigants by name. [Also, see U.S. Congress. Statutes at Large. listed below.]

Rootsweb (http://www.rootsweb.com/)

Social Security Death Index (http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/) Also available through Ancestry.com.

United States. Congress. Statutes at Large, 1789-1875. (Available only from U.Va. locations.) This is a database of the early Statutes at Large, and a good source for "private laws," that is, laws that deal with a specific person or persons.

U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative. Includes the My Family Health Portrait software tool (also available as a PDF to print). (http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory/)

University of Virginia Library Reference. Website.
Library Guide to Biographies
Library Guide to Charlottesville/Albemarle County Local Resources
Library Guide to Newspapers

USGenWeb Project (http://www.usgenweb.org/) and USGenWeb Archives (http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/)

VAGenWeb Project (http://vagenweb.org/)

WorldGenWeb Project (http://worldgenweb.org/) and WorldGenWeb Archives (http://www.worldgenweb.org/archives/)


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