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Genealogy Resources

Miscellaneous Resources

  • Abbreviations of U.S. States. Standard abbreviations and USPS abbreviations.
  • Board for Certification of Genealogists. Conducting Effective Oral Interviews.  Advice for conducting oral interviews. The article by Sharon Bartolo Carmack was first published in the September 1996 issue of OnBoard, Newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Centers. Site on which you can locate the nearest Family History Center by entering your city, county, state, and country.
  • College & University Home Pages
  • Computing with Accents, Symbols & Foreign Scripts. From Penn State University.
  • FEDSTATS is the home page to links to online statistical information from more than 70 agencies of the U.S. Federal Government.
  • Fun Stuff For Genealogists - Nearly 500 fun and useful things for the genealogist.

  • Genealogy Encyclopedia. When tracing an ancestry it is common to encounter records filled with obsolete, archaic, or legal terms that can be difficult to interpret. Misinterpreting these terms can make the difference between linking persons to the right generation, parents, spouse or children. Understanding exactly what is stated in any record is vital before attempting to move to the next generation. Inexperienced or impatient genealogists undervalue the quality of their research by applying present-day definitions to documents created in an earlier century. Take the time to use the glossaries provided here and other excellent dictionaries, genealogical reference books and encyclopedias to interpret documents correctly.
  • Genealogy Relationship Chart. Chart that you can use to determine the family relationship between two people.
  • Genealogy Search at Ebay. Family Bibles, books, publications and material being auctioned.
  • Genealogy Today
  • Genealogical Software Report Card - Evaluations of genealogy software programs.
  • The Genographic Project. Who was your first ancestor? New DNA studies say that all humans descended from an African ancestor that lived only 60,000 years ago. Uncover the specific paths that led from him/her to you.
  • Hankey, Joan R. NGS Genealogical Puzzles. National Genealogical Society, Reprinted 1992. Created to entertain and provide a genealogical challenge. The 23 puzzles include crosswords, acrostics and logic problems. Words and phrases pertain to genealogy.
  • How Far Is It?  Courtesy of, this service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server.
  • Kinship Chart. Determining exactly how one is related to another, particularly when sorting out the cousins in all their varying degrees. Cousin Couples.
  • Links to the Past. Provides information about historical sites maintained by the National Park Service.
  • Louis Kessler's Genealogy Software Links - Evaluations of genealogy software programs.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Geographic Nameserver. Online database from which you can obtain the county in which a town is now located by entering the name of the town and the state abbreviation.
  • Mayflower Web Page
  • McClure, Rhonda R. Digitizing Your Family History. Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2004.
  • Newseum - Newspaper Front Pages. Read today's headlines from more than 300 U.S. and international newspaper front pages.
  • Preservation  Why use archival supplies for your heirlooms.
  • Research It  Dictionaries, translators, U.S. maps, money converter.
  • Relationship chart Are we cousins?
  • RootsWeb. Roots Surname List Country Abbreviations  List of three-letter abbreviations for foreign countries and for the counties and other subdivisions of several countries.
  • Soundex Code Generator  National Archives site that converts surnames to Soundex codes.
  • Soundex conversion program
  • Soundex Converter  RootsWeb site that converts surnames to Soundex codes.
  • Taglines. Genealogical taglines from Joanne Todd Rabun.
  • Taylor, Maureen. Scrapbooking Your Family History. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2003.
  • U.S. Geological Survey. Geographic Names Information System . Online database from which you can obtain the county in which a town is now located. For “Feature Name” type in the name of the town. Choose the name of the state, and choose “populated place” from the “Feature Type” list.
  • Virtual Magnifying Glass. After installation of this free program, a small magnifying icon appears in the system tray. Whenever you need to magnify something on the screen, just click once on the icon, and you have a magnifier that moves with your cursor. The magnifier can be resized.
  • When U.S. Works Pass into the Public Domain.  by Lolly Gasaway, University of North Carolina. A simple chart which indicates when public domain takes over.
  • Zip Code Look-Up and Address Information