Genealogy Guilty Pleasures

7 Oct

Genealogy is an addiction for me… yes addiction.  Do I need a cure?  Probably not… but often, I do need a fix.  Here are some of my “go to” genealogy guilty pleasures. You may find a few links you’d love to Follow Friday too:

Alltop Genealogy  http://genealogy.alltop.com/

This blog aggregator gives their curated view of the top 100 blogs in any topic; this page covers their picks for genealogy; don’t agree you can create your own MyAlltop pages and blog collections. There’s no shortage of reading for the novice to the pro-genealogist.

Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com

I only recently made the leap into being a “paid” researcher and not looking back.  What’s funny is I’ve been a guest member since 2000…  I still need to load my tree and it will be so phone to use their accompanying iPhone app and be able to whip out the family tree at any given moment.

Chronicling America  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/

I’ve fallen in love and it’s with yesterday’s news.  You can search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.  Some of Hawaii’s early papers are here and they’ve been a treasure trove of finds.  I’ve searched on names, places and topics.. their pdf browser has many FREE export options too to download a pdf or jpg of the whole page or just take a “clipping” that can zoom into the section you need and it comes with the citations…AWESOME!

Genealogy Gems Podcast http://genealogygems.tv/

With hundreds of podcasts and wonderful content – i’ve been doing all my driving with host Lisa Louise Cooke.  She is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an audio and video genealogy show available in iTunes.

Geni.com http://geni.com

Through collaborations on geni.com and elsewhere, my Geni Tree spans 10s of thousands of blood relatives… that’s a lot of cousins.. and I’ve discovered roots tracing my direct lineages over 40 generations back in time.

Google.com http://www.google.com

You might think that’s not a genealogy site, but oh yes it is…surname searches, history searches plus google’s own proprietary tools like GoogleEarth, Timeline, GoogleBooks and other google gadgets make for a very happy genealogist.

Ulukau.org http://ulukau.org

Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library is my number one resource for Hawaii based searches.  There’s dictionaries, Hawaiian Newspapers, and the Polk Guides (city directories from turn of the century).

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One Response to “Genealogy Guilty Pleasures”

  1. rose October 9, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Glad to see someone else appreciates all google search has to offer for a genealogist.

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