More Help - Links
Please note that the links in this section are specific to the Get Help topic.
Archive Grid and Internet Archive are free resources that will help you add context to your ancestors’ lives. Do not miss watching the RootsTech video Adding Metadata which is in the Videos of Interest section. In the Blog Post of Interest, Family Locket’s Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is a great 3 part series.
- LibraryThing – This is a free website. “LibraryThing helps you create and track a library-quality catalog of your media—books (along with movies and music) you own, have read, want to read, etc.”
- WeTransfer.com – “WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. Share large files up to 2GB for free.”
- Google – Use this amazing site for searching free digitized books, maps, and research. Here is an article on using Google for genealogy, FamilySearchBlog - Using Google.
- Genealogy Gophers – This is an easy to use website for over 80,000 digitized books and journals. The site will show a small image with the name and list were the information came from.
- Digital Public Library of America Family Research Guide – Some highlights are: family photos, Bibles, maps and yearbooks. There is information for Canada.
- FamilySearch Digital Library – Do not overlook this amazing resource. “The Family History Library is actively digitizing its family histories, local histories, and other collections to make them searchable and available online to researchers worldwide. Together with other world-renowned genealogical research partner libraries, the Family History Library is pleased to make its collections and its partners’ collections available together in the new online digital library.”
- WorldCat - This is a catalog that itemizes the collections of more than 15,000 libraries in over 100 countries. If you are searching for a title in a nearby library, it will list the libraries where the title is available. For more information, watch the video from the Allen County Public Library, which is in the Videos of Interest section.
- Your Irish Heritage - This Irish based paid subscription website is a “learning and support community for Irish Family History Researchers”. This is not a site that has collections. The features and benefits are on the page that is linked. There is extensive training material and access to two genealogists; one based in the U.S. and one in Ireland.
- Cyndi’s List Genealogy Categories – Here is a handy link for genealogy categories. It includes links to US States, countries and topics.
- Linkpendium – “Linkpendium is a 10,000,000+ resource directory to everything on the Web about families worldwide and genealogically-relevant information about U.S. states and counties. We cover both free and subscription sites, with a strong emphasis upon free resources provided by libraries, other government agencies, genealogical and historical societies, and individuals.”
- Dead Fred – This is a free genealogy photo website that you can search by surname. “When searching the site for photos of your ancestors, don't forget to try the, "Keyword" search as well. Many people place related or associated surnames in the comments field if they are not certain of the subject's identity.” There are additional features available for subscribers.
- Inflation Calculator – This is an interesting tool. For example, if you have a will from 1850 and the estate is worth $1000, you can use this tool to see what the value is in today’s currency. Do not overlook if you have a passenger list that indicates how much money your ancestor is traveling with, you can use this calculator. Just enter the amount, the start year, and the end year. On the right, you can change the currency to different countries’ currency.
- Ancestry’s British Phone Books, 1880 - 1984 – Over 1750 phone books covering almost all of England and substantial records for Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
- The Family History Library Record Lookup Service – “If you provide the specific film/DGS number, title or call number of a book, as well as information about the record you are seeking, we will email you an image of the record or the relevant pages of the book. We ask that you be as specific as possible since we are unable, due to copyright restrictions, to copy a large number of pages from any one film or book. Please keep in mind that this is not a research service.”
- CiteBuilder – Need help with source citations? Jenny Joyce has built a website that will help you with your citation. There is a FREE version and there is also a paid premium version.
- Research and Special Collections Available Locally (RASCAL) – “Use RASCAL to find unique and rare sources for your research.” This is a catalog platform that searches over 80 institutions around the world, including Ireland. Collections include libraries, archives and museums.
- Irish Archives Resources – “IAR is an online service for finding records. We do not hold any collections but thanks to our contributors we can help researchers find out where records are held and how to access them. You can search for archive records across lots of different Archives Services in Ireland, north and south.” On the Explore All Archives tab, there is a list of topics for example: estate papers, legal papers, military collections and family papers.
- National Library of Ireland Maps – This is a wonderful collection of historic maps.
- Irish Surname Map in 1901 and 1911 Census – Please note that once you enter a surname, it takes you to a page that has a map for both censuses. Scroll down and there is information about how many with the surname were farmers in 1901. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to search surnames in Scotland in the 1901 census.
- GeoHive – “GeoHive is an initiative by Ordnance Survey Ireland to provide easy access to publically available spatial data.” These are maps for Ireland that you can search by town under the heading, “Make Your Map”. Once you enter a town, on the left side, you can begin exploring various options. For example, if you click on “Base Information and Mapping” you can select an Aerial View and Historic Maps. Other options include Nature and Environment and Population and Economy.
- David Rumsey Historical Map Collection – “The historical map collection has over 111,000 maps and related images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific, Arctic, Antarctic, and the World. The online map collection is a searchable database that allows you to make your own journeys into spatial representations of the past.” The site includes a blog.
- Google Earth Pro – This is a free tool and here are a few highlights of using Google Earth Pro from an article on the FamilySearch Wiki. “Google Earth and Google Earth Pro have a lot of uses for the Family Historian. With this program, you can "fly to" a location where your ancestor lived. You can plot (with Placemarks) the path your ancestor took in this and other countries.”
- Chronicling America – This is the Library of Congress’ free site which is, “Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.” There are over 18,400,000 pages available.
- Old Fulton New York – Search for free over 50,000,000 old newspaper pages for the US and Canada.
- The Ancestor Hunt Newspaper Links for US and Canada – Links to free digitized newspapers by state and Canadian province.
- Purdue Library Free Historic Newspapers by State – “Newspapers are great sources for all kinds of information about local, state, national, and international developments in all areas of human activity. This guide provides access to digitized free historic newspaper resources by U.S. state and are arranged alphabetically by state”
- Elephind – This site is free and has more than 3.8 million pages of newspapers and more than 4300 titles. There are overseas papers, including a large collection of Australian papers.
- Findmypast Free Newspapers – “Over one million pages are now free to search and explore on both Findmypast and our sister site, the British Newspaper Archive. This will be expanded by more than 2.7 million additional free pages over the next four years.”
- Newspapers.com – ($) This is a paid subscription. They have 2 subscription plans and their home page indicates that they are, “The largest online newspaper archive”. Check under the Papers tab and see if there are newspapers available in the area and time frame you are researching. There is a 7 day free trial, if you have an All Access membership on Ancestry.com, it is included. However, some papers are only available with a Publishers Extra subscription.
- NewspaperArchive – ($) This is a paid subscription. “Discover billions of newspaper articles from all over the world.” Check under the Publications tab and see if there are newspaper available in the area and time frame you are researching. There are over 45 newspapers from Ireland, over 100 from Canada, well over 100 for Australia, and a small collection from New Zealand. There is a 7 day free trial available.
- GenealogyBank – ($) This is a paid subscription. “Over 13,000 big city and small town newspapers… from all 50 states.” There is a 7 day free trial available. The home page states that “95% of the newspapers are exclusive to GenealogyBank.”
- Google Newspapers – This is a free site. This site includes newspapers from many countries, including the U.S. and Canada. In searching, it helps to know the name of the paper you are looking for since many newspapers names do not include the town/city.
- British Newspaper Archive – ($) This is a paid subscription. There is a 7 day free trail available. Note that this collection is also available on FindMyPast ($).
- Ancestry.com – ($) This is a paid subscription. Ancestry’s newspaper collection is from 1763- 1890.
- MyHeritage.com – ($) This is a paid subscription. Their newspaper collection includes Canadian and Australian newspapers and a list by states in the U.S.
- AmericanAncestors ($) This is a paid subscription and is the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s site. There are some free databases including the Boston Pilot Irish Immigrant Advertisements which is also available on Ancestry.
- Trove – There are free digitized collections, including newspapers from the National Library of Australia.
- DNA Testing
It is recommended you check the testing company's website for the most up to date information. DNA is an additional tool to use in your genealogy toolkit. Here are testing companies and some companies allow you to transfer your results to another company. Many bloggers and Facebook groups will advise when there are sales. If you do a Y-DNA or mtDNA test with FamilyTree DNA, you can join a “Group Project” on the site. “Group Projects are an opportunity to work with others to explore your genetic heritage. They are usually focused on a common geographic origin, surname, or ethnic heritage. They may also be based on some other aspect of a paternal or maternal lineage.”
- AncestryDNA – ($) There is a fee for the test. As of this writing, it is the largest DNA testing company with powerful matching tools. The site does not accept transfers from other testing companies and a subscription is required for some tools.
- 23andMe – ($) There is a fee for the test. While this company does not have the as many tools to help with your family tree, there are many people who have tested on this site. Currently the site does not accept transfers from other testing companies and a subscription is not required.
- MyHeritage – ($) There is a fee for the test. This is heavily marketed in Europe, including the United Kingdom and Ireland. They accept transfers from other companies and a subscription is required for some tools.
- FamilyTreeDNA – ($) There is a fee for the test. This is the only company that tests mtDNA and YDNA. They also test autosomal DNA. They accept autosomal transfers from other companies and no subscription is required.
- LivingDNA – ($) There is a fee for the test. This site is known for detailed breakdown for ancestors whose homeland is Britain and Ireland. They accept transfers from other companies and no subscription is required.
- GEDmatch – Refer to the site for details for uploading your DNA for free. There are additional tools to analyze your DNA results. In addition, there is another tier of tools that require a subscription.
- Resources and Finding Aids
- ArchiveGrid – This is a world-wide catalog of collections. “ArchiveGrid includes over 7 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,400 archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.” Use the keyword search for organization, places and topics.
- Internet Archive - Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Some digital books you can download and others you can borrow. You will need to use the search bar under Internet Archives. See the Help Center article is: Borrowing from the Lending Library. The Way Back Machine search bar at the top is for viewing old versions of websites. See the 8 minute video in the Videos of Interest section on using the Internet Archive. See the 10 minute video in the Videos of Interest section on using the Way Back Machine.
- JSTOR – JSTOR is an academic digital library for primary sources from journal articles, books and images. You can access this thru university libraries, state libraries and museums if they subscribe to the database.
Periodical Source Index
Here is a FamilySearch Wiki Article on PERSI includes details on using PERSI, where to purchase articles and where they may be found for free.
- “PERSI is the premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals, and is produced by the staff of The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library. Using this valuable resource provides citations to readily-available periodical sources.” Search buttons for Surnames, United States, Canada, British Isles, Other Countries, Research Techniques and Article Title Keyword.
- HathiTrust – “HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.” You do not need an account to access a tremendous number of titles, read online or download to your computer. Members of partner institutions get access to the largest number of volumes by logging in thru their institution. Some universities offer alumni library cards and included in the list of institutions are universities in Canada and Australia.
- National Archives of Ireland Research Guide – The 42 page PDF can be downloaded and covers topics such as beginning a search, census and census substitutions, the Tithe Applotment, and wills and administration.
- National Archives of Ireland Sources for Family and Local History – “This is a general introduction to sources of information that are available in the National Archives for those who are beginning research into local and family history.” The article also provides, “information on possible sources of relevance in other repositories.”
- National Library of Ireland Getting Started – This page includes link to the Catholic Parish Registers, census and civil records and a 28 page guide to Family History Research at The National Library of Ireland that can be downloaded.
- Additional Resources
- Free BMD – This is a helpful website if your ancestors went to England. “FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales....”
- Online Searchable Death Index and Records - This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, wills and probate records, and cemetery burials. You can also find information about searching the Social Security Death Index online.
- Edit Images Now Watermarks – This is a free, easy to use website. “Choose the photo/image you want to watermark now. You can choose to use a specific watermark image you have, or simply put the text you want to overlay your image. Our script also allows you to choose the position of your watermark and how big you want the text size to be.” For example, you could add, Copyright 2021 and your name. Or perhaps just the date and name.
- Search with an Image on Google – This Google URL allows you to upload photos. What the search can find is, “Search results for objects in the image, similar images, websites with the image or similar images.”
- Ancestry.com Message Boards – With a free Ancestry account you can view and post on the message boards. Do not overlook message boards which can be a great tool. Ancestry’s message board is located under “Help” tab.
- Ireland Reaching Out Message Board - Ireland Reaching Out’s message board is located under “Reconnect”. This can be a tremendous tool and is a free resource.
- SWilson.Info – This site has a wealth of information such as how to order birth, marriage and death certificates, a townland database, directory database and an introduction and guide to Irish records.
- IreAtlas Townland Database – Here is another source for townlands which is based on the names of all places in the 1851 census.
- PhotoTree.com – The site has information about photographic formats, case studies, resources for identifying photos, and photo care.
- Access Genealogy – “This is a free site that links to online resources for US genealogy research. It “contains the largest collection of free genealogy for your United States research. Find hundreds of thousands of free websites with billions of names you can use to further your family genealogy! Specifically, we provide sources for birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, church records, court records, military records, historical newspapers, cemeteries, and ethnic records.”
- Beyond 2022 – This is a major project that is working on recreating material that was lost at the Public Record Office in 1922. Under the PROI Treasures tab are pictures of the destruction. It is an amazing project and the website is interesting to explore. If you open the Explore tab and click on “Unlocking the Past, you can load a 3-D model. Scroll down and at the bottom is the “PRO Reports 1867 to 1922”. The entire collection of the records of the Deputy Keeper are available here. Looking at the lists of record sets that were in the PROI will make you realize what an incredible loss this was.
- Website Articles of Interest
- FamilyTreeMagazine Computer Shortcuts – This is a keyboard shortcut free download for a PC and Mac.
- Ancestry.com Community – Here are some of the suggestions on the Ancestry Support Community page: Message Boards, Member Connect and Member Directory.
- An Gael Magazine How to Pronounce Irish for Beginners – This website is a gem. It includes short video clips pronouncing vowels and constants, how to pronounce diphthongs, and really terrific information. It is also helpful when working with name variants.
- Genealogy Bargains Free Genealogy Cheat Sheets – Thomas MacEntee has a large list free of aids that you can download. Some of the cheat sheets include topics such as cloud computing, tips and trick for military research. Also, take a look at the 14 Tips to Speed up Your Genealogy Computer.
- Ancestry Charts and Forms – Free downloads for various forms such as census forms for U.S., U.K. and Canada; Family Group Sheets, and more.
FamilySearch Genealogy Software for Mac
– There are links to further Wiki articles about genealogy software for Mac’s. The categories of software are: free, commercial programs and programs certified for FamilySearch.
FamilySearch Genealogy Software for Windows
– There are links to further Wiki articles about genealogy software for Microsoft Windows. The categories of software are: free, commercial programs and programs certified for FamilySearch.
Wikipedia Comparison of Genealogy Software
– This article compared more than includes information for more than 20 genealogy software products. Information for each includes charts for: general information, features and a helpful genealogical chart of features. It does not include web-based genealogy software.
- DNA Painter Blog – Jonny Perl created this amazing tool to map your DNA matches chromosomes. It is a tool for helping determine your most recent common ancestor. This blog is for those who want to learn more about DNA.
- DNA-eXplained - Roberta Estes’ blog and has a wealth of information. “Genetic genealogy is a world full of promise, but it changes rapidly and can be confusing. People need to understand how to use the numerous tools available to unravel our ancestral history.”
- Gena’s Genealogy Blog – There is articles on using PERSI, JSTOR, and Google Scholar. There are several on using museum publications for research. “For example, The Wisconsin Historical Society website features the Wisconsin Magazine of History.”
- The Legal Genealogist – Judy Russell describes herself as, “A genealogist with a law degree”. Her posts range from DNA information, to the latest genealogy information, and interesting historical legal information.
- Family History Fanatics Blog – “Check out the latest news and family history education from your energetic and fun Family History Fanatics. You'll learn tips and tricks for researching your family tree and writing your ancestor's stories.” Topics range from genealogy research to brick walls.
- The Family Curator Blog – “It's the goal of The Family Curator to inspire, and encourage other family curators to preserve and share their own family treasures.”
- Blog Posts of Interest
- Are You My Cousin Blog Google Books for Genealogy – The post lists some great topics to search, tips on creating an effective search and instructions to use the website which includes links and screen shots.
- Family Locket Blog Tracing Your Irish Ancestors – This is a 3 part series and this link is to part one. The links to part 2 and 3 are after the post. Part 1 is Ask the Right Question to begin your research, Part 2 is Irish Research, and Part 3 is Community and DNA.
- FamilyTree Magazine Packing List for Genealogy Research Trips – There are some great tips for packing for a trip to a library, archive, or conference.
- Irish Family Roots Finding Women in Your Tree – Donna Moughty suggests some basic strategies for finding female ancestors no matter where you are searching.
- John Grenham on Searching Databases – John Grenham’s suggestions are applicable to any database you are searching. Start your search with less information and then add more specific information.
- FamilyTree Magazine How to Create a Research Plan – The article is five steps to creating a research plan.
- FamilyTree Magazine Tips for Finding Your Ancestor – If you have a brick wall, here a 6 tips to develop a research strategy.
- Newspapers.com Blog Using Passengers List and Newspapers – There are some interesting ideas and stories about using passenger lists together with newspapers for context about your ancestor’s journey.
- DNAeXplained DNA Beginnings What is a Match – “Before we evaluate matches at each of the four major vendors, FamilyTree DNA, MyHeritage, Ancestry and 23andMe, let’s discuss what a DNA match is, what it means, and what it does NOT mean.”
- DNAeXplained DNA Beginnings New Series – “Welcome to DNA Beginnings. This exciting, upcoming series will be focused on the new DNA tester who may also be a novice genealogist and is unsure of quite what to do.” An excellent article that covers the testing companies, and step-by-step instructions on how to transfer your DNA to other sites.
- The Ancestor Hunt Free Fold3 Databases – “Fold3 is one of the major subscription genealogy databases, chock full of searchable and browsable information. The website specializes in Military records, databases, and collections.” This article lists the free collections and links.
- FamilySearch Blog Big Genealogical Databases – This post includes links to different types of databases and tips on searching on them.
- Irish American Mom County Clare – Home of the Cliffs of Moher – As she writes about each of the 32 counties, there are stunning pictures, history, culture and geography.
- Are You My Cousin 15 Minute Genealogy Tasks – This post includes more ideas in a free download, 15 Quick Genealogy Tasks in 15 Minutes.
- The Ancestor Hunt Blog Increasing Results Searching Historical Newspapers – A free download of Search Hyphenated Words in Historical Newspapers to Get Up to 30% More Results .
- The Ancestor Hunt Blog Things You Can Find From Cemetery Records – This is a free download of 24 Things You Can Find from Cemetery Records besides Tombstone Inscriptions.
- Irish Family Roots To Do List - Donna Moughty’s blog post Creating a To Do List for Your Research includes a link to download her To Do list template as a Word document or Excel spreadsheet.
- Irish Family Roots Creating a Research Plan - Donna Moughty’s blog post What’s the Plan includes a link to download her Research Plan template as a Word document or Excel spreadsheet.
- Are You My Cousin Timelines – Lisa Lisson’s blog post Use a Genealogy Timeline to Find Gaps in Your Research. “A genealogy timeline is the best tool to organize your ancestor’s life events and reveal gaps in your research. Create timelines to help find your ancestors!”
- Irish Family Roots Timelines – Donna Moughty’s blog post Creating a Timeline. “Timelines show the events of your ancestor’s life and where those events occurred. They can be important to direct your research and when you hit that brick wall…”
- Are You My Cousin Using City Directories – Directories, “allows the genealogy researcher to track an ancestor year by year as opposed to the census records tracking individual’s decade-by- decade.” There is also a list of information in city directories that includes more than just your ancestor’s name.
- Heart of the Family Free Online Books – This post lists 10 free websites for digital libraries and the article includes links, and tips to make your searches more effective.
- Findmypast Migrating to America via Canada – This post covers some of the reasons people went to Canada first. Included in the post is a video featuring Jen Baldwin from Findmypast and genealogist Rich Venezia on immigration records.
- Genealogy Gems Podcast – Lisa Louise Cooke’s free podcasts includes the, “best websites, best practices, and best resources available”.
- Family History Fanatics Podcast – Some topics include genealogy research, writing family history, and DNA.
- The FamilyTree Magazine Genealogy Podcast – The list of past podcasts is extensive and are free. For example, episode 147 is How to Research Your Irish Ancestry or episode 149 is Researching Indentured Servant Ancestors.
- Amy Johnson Crow Podcast – This link is to both her blog and her podcasts.
- Extreme Genes Podcast – The podcast landing page indicates this is “the most listened to family history show and podcast in America.” If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can click on Podcast Archive and see the list of almost 400 podcasts.
- Podcasts of Interest
- Genealogy Gems Podcasts Internet Archives – “The Internet Archive is a free website that strives to archive the internet. Within their massive collection you can find a lot of genealogy too! In this episode I’m sharing with you 10 genealogy records that every genealogist needs that can be found at Internet Archive.”
- Genealogy Gems Podcasts Google Books – “Google Books is a free online catalog of over 25 million books, 10 million of which are digitized and searchable. While you would expect to find books at Google Books, you may be surprised to discover there it also includes many other types of published materials. In this episode I’ll explain how to find 10 of my favorite surprising items at Google Books."
- FamilyTree Podcasts History of Obituaries – This discussion is about “how to locate and use historical obituaries for genealogy research. We’ll also compare the three major cemetery websites and take a closer look at the origins of Halloween. Join our host Lisa Louise Cooke and her guests as we explore these topics and much more.”
- FamilyTree Podcasts Overcoming Scanning Challenges – “Scanning documents and photos is an important step in preserving family history – but what about those items that are hard to scan (like slides and photo negatives)? In this episode, learn how to scan these items and overcome more common scanning challenges.”
Facebook groups can be extremely helpful to join for resources and help from members. Consider joining one for the area where your ancestors immigrated to, such as town/city, county, and state.
Here are some suggested Facebook groups to consider. We recommend you take a look at the "Genealogy on Facebook List" which in noted below.
- Facebook Genealogy – Dating old Photographs – Members of this group are knowledgeable and helpful. They describe themselves as "a group for people who love old photographs and need a date for them. We help each other narrow down a time frame by using clues such as photo medium, clothing, hairstyles, trends, props and other distinguishing details."
- Facebook Ancestry.com – “Ancestry is the world's leading resource for online family history & genealogy.” There are helpful videos that are arranged by topic.
- Facebook FindMyPast – “Build your family tree and discover your ancestors' stories on the world's best website for British and Irish family history research.” The site include recorded videos. There are “Facebook Live” presentations, usually on Wednesday’s and Friday’s.
- Videos of Interest
- RootsTech Managing Scanned and Digital Photos – This is a 24 minute video that is packed with information, including how to label photos and excellent suggestions about entering metadata.
- How to Use Snipping Tool in Windows 10 – This tool can be used to take a full or partial screenshot of a page.
- How to Use Snipping Tool on MacBook – This tool can be used to take a full or partial screenshot of a page.
- Internet Archive: How to Search for Free Sources Online – This is an 8 minute video on using the Internet Archive portion of the website. The video discusses digital books you can download and others you can borrow. More details are in the Websites section.
- Internet Archive’s The Way Back Machine – This is a 10 minute video on using the Way Back Machine for viewing old versions of websites.
- Allen County Library Using WorldCat – WorldCat is a catalog that itemizes the collections of more than 15,000 libraries in over 100 countries. “Join us to find out how to turn WorldCat, the largest compilation of library resources in the world, into your discovery toolbox!”
- GEDmatch Shared Matches Tools – “Discover how to view a shared match on GEDmatch. Using the redesigned GEDmatch website, you can use this free tier tool to compare your DNA matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA to see who matches your DNA matches.”
- Amy Johnson Crow How to Calculate a Birth Date from Date of Death and Age – This is a clever 6 minute video. “Many tombstones and death records list a date of death and an age, but not the birth date. Here's an easy way to calculate that date of birth.”
- Basic Overview of Google Earth Pro for Beginners – A clear, concise basic 8 minute video for beginners. There are longer, more detailed videos that can be found by doing a Google search.
- Irish Ancestors – The Tithe Applotment Books – “The Tithe Applotment Books are the most comprehensive Irish census substitute from the early 19th century, but there are many problems with their coverage, availability and interpretation. This video addresses these problems.”
- Armagh Robinson Library Irish History Series – This is an excellent series of 6 videos presented by Irish history professors on the history of Ireland. The first is “The Establishment of Ulster’s Plantation Towns 1609-1640”; “From the 1641 Rising to the Restoration 1641-1660”; “The Williamite-Jacobite War 1689-1691”, “Revolutionary Ulster 1770-1800”, “The Great Famine and 19th Century Politics Pre 1870”, “Home Rule and the Road to Partition”.
- Genealogy Gems – 1950 U.S. Census Maps – “U.S. Census Maps can help you see where your ancestors lived in 1950 and in this video I'll show you how to find them for free. I'll also share important information you need to know to interpret them correctly.”
- YouTube Channels
- MyHeritage YouTube Channel – MyHeritage has videos on tools for DNA matches such as a chromosome browser and the impressive AutoCluster tool.
- Lisa Louise Cooke YouTube Channel – There are over 200 videos on this site that range from “How to Write and Self Publish Your Family History Book” to “Genealogy Organization and Work Flow that Works”.
- FamilySearch YouTube Channel – There are lists of topics and then videos are available under the topic. For example, under the topic DNA, there is 15 videos under the DNA category.
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If you live in or are visiting the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, please visit our IGSI collection housed in the Minnesota Genealogy Center just across the river from the MSP airport. The Hoffman Research Library has a great catalog that will help you find titles for the topic or area you are researching.
If you are looking to build your genealogy bookshelf, you might consider used books in good condition from used book dealers.
Not ready to purchase just yet? Check WorldCat to find the book you want in a nearby library. Your local library may be able to arrange an inter-library loan of the book you would like to borrow. See the Allen County Library video in the Videos of Interest section.
- Black, Henry Campbell. Black’s Law Second Edition 1891. West Publishing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1910. This is a free book available on Google. “This is a law dictionary containing definitions of the terms and phrases of American and English jurisprudence, ancient and modern”.
- Blanchard, Gill. Writing Your Family History: A Guide for Family Historians. Pen & Sword Books
- Cooke, Lisa Louise. Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 3E. Genealogy Gems Publishing, Rhome, Texas, 2020. This edition is sold at Lisa’s Genealogy Gems Store which is online.
- DeBartolo Carmack, Sharon. You Can Write Your Family History. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009.
- Elder, Diana and Dyer, Nicole. Research Like a Pro. Family Locket Books, Highland, Utah, 2018.
- Hoffman Rising, Marsha. The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-and-True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors, Family Tree Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2019.
- Jones, Thomas W. Mastering Genealogical Proof. National Genealogical Society, Arlington, Virginia, 2013.
- Morton, Sunny. Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy. Family Tree Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2016.