What's in your genealogy toolbox? Meaning, aside from WikiTree what tools do you use to be successful in your research? What websites or software or apps or blogs/podcasts or... ?
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I use Kitty's Library. It is a list of on-line free resources, but it is on WikiTree, so maybe it doesn't count.
I use FamilySearch.org, Archive.org, FindAGrave, DAR.org regularly, and occasionally, Google.
>>"I use Kitty's Library. It is a list of on-line free resources, but it is on WikiTree, so maybe it doesn't count."<<
It counts. Thank you so much. I'm e-mailing your Index to cousins. What a lot of work! Kudos, hats-off, take a bow, and a big virtual hug to you, Kitty Smith!!
Website Calculator Tools:
Website DNA Tools:
Mac Desktop/Laptop Apps:
Mac iPad Apps:
I use a lot of what Tommy has in his list but have a few additional items:
The two main subscription sites (Ancestry and Find my past) I 'm lucky to have a sub to ancestry and institutional access to find my past. My second sub is to British Newspaper Archives https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ ( very useful for members of my family who appeared in the local magistrates courts. There's a very partial index on Family search but I think it's mostly notices of births, marriages and deaths)
I like to use the Family Search wiki for a parish. This gives some indication of where parish register images may be found e.g. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Hazelbury_Bryan,_Dorset_Genealogy
If it's from a county that has one I might visit an online parish clerk site https://www.opcdorset.org/
For birth and death registrations (post 1837)
when I have a good idea of the date and name I'll use https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/Login.asp (has mother's maiden name and age at death)
If I need to search for a post 1837 marriage registration or more generally for a birth or death. https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
I like https://www.freereg.org.uk/ for parish register entries. If they have them. I use it in preference to Family Search indexes since they include any extra text from the entry.
For earlier profiles, particularly of English gentry.I use the National Archives catalogue a lot. Catalogue entries for court cases can help establish relationships, dates of marriage etc They also hold wills proved in the major perogative court (Canterbury). These are on ancestry but the Nat Archive index is much better.(helps to get an exact date before searching on ancestry which often totally garbles names and places.)https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
I also often use local archive catalogues. (Search ___shire archives)
For church of England clergy, I often use https://theclergydatabase.org.uk/jsp/search/index.jsp (for 19thc and later I use Crockford's on Ancestry)
Cambridge Graduates http://venn.lib.cam.ac.uk/Documents/acad/2018/search-2018.html
Oxford Graduates https://www.british-history.ac.uk/alumni-oxon/1500-1714
The inns of court also have online records going back to the 1500s.
British history online is extremely valuable for all sorts from the Victoria county histories to data bases of Cromwellian officers to transcripts of medieval close rolls https://www.british-history.ac.uk/catalogue (some are normally only available with a subscription or academic library access but at the moment all are free)
For all sorts links to useful sources for Medieval genealogy, wikitree member Joe Cochoit's site.https://sites.google.com/site/cochoit/
Regnal years calculator https://aulis.org/Calendar/Regnal_Years.html
For convicts transported to Australia https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/search?e0.type.t.t=root&e0.given.s.s=&e0.surname.s.s=Peasland&e0._all.s.s=
(Leads to other good data bases. The search result is for one of my gx? Uncles).
Londoners 1690 -1800 https://www.londonlives.org/
London Guilds https://www.londonroll.org/
Stopping now but suspect I've missed lots, especially books that I own and use a lot.
That was a great list to start with. I'll try to add a few more:
https://www.geni.com/ - often not great for sources, but sometimes you can find connections here that you can use to research further.
https://home.rootsweb.com/ - and especially: https://wc.rootsweb.com/ - similar to Geni, lots of unsourced family trees that can be used as clues for additional research
https://www.jewage.org/wiki/en/Special:MainPage - interesting niche site for some Jewish family trees.
https://www.freebmd.org.uk/ - good for UK research
This article mentioned many sites I've heard mentioned before, and some I've never heard of. They might be good to add to the list as well.
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Don't forget about the newspapers!
Library of Congress
Some other good newspaper sites, at least if you have ancestors from Indiana and New York:
Hoosier State Chronicles
Old Fulton New York Post Cards
Maybe this is too easy, but I very often piggyback off of WikiTree members who already have all the tools mentioned above. What’s better, for me anyway, than just asking on G2G, knowing that our community is going to come though, especially if they have tools that I’d rather not pay for. To them I say, “THANK YOU!”
In addition to many of the sources already mentioned (in particular for Kent, England):
[https://www.woodchurchancestry.org.uk/midkentmarriages/ Mid-Kent Marriages Index 1754-1911]
[https://www.woodchurchancestry.org.uk/romneymarshbaptisms/ Romney Marsh Baptisms Index 1750 - 1911]
Also, for Ireland records:
In addition to Wikitree :)
*National Archives of Ireland https://genealogy.nationalarchives.ie/ (which includes Will Calendars, Will Archives, MBL Marriage records, Prerogative Court and Probate, Irish census records etc.
*Civil & Church records - not many parish records for non-Catholics but Civil are good for 19th & 20th century https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/agreement.jsp
*The Irish Deeds project https://irishdeedsindex.net/index.php which has been invaluable
*Irish Newspapers online which I access through local State Library - but Nick Reedon's Newspaper abstracts are also helpful http://members.webone.com.au/~nickred/newspaper/
*Piggot, Slaters & Shearman's directories, the Gentleman's Alamanac etc
*Heraldic books like Burke's, Foster's etc. can be helpful
*local areas can have useful pages as well
*Trove's newspaper archive is invaluable https://trove.nla.gov.au/
*Also most states have search features for Birth Deaths and Marriage that give some information eg https://www.familyhistory.bdm.qld.gov.au/
Family Search https://www.familysearch.org/en/
Find a Grave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial
Google (including Google maps)
Wikipedia, Peerage.com etc.
For the Netherlands:
Websites with primary sources
With enough time
https://ofb.genealogy.net/ collection of Online Family Books, growing slowly but steadily. Have a look frequently if maybe your town is included.
Official lists of the German soldiers in WWI, who were unable to fight anymore or were killed. (Printed old German script)
https://www.volksbund.de/en/graebersuche.html website to find the burial place of German soldiers who died in WWI and WWII. There are also a few included of the Franco-Prussian war, but the bigger parts is of the World Wars.
https://www.archion.de/ is a pay-site for digitized church books of lutheran churches. But you can have a look if the church book of your town is digitized.
I really often use google maps to check distances and to look for locations
Hope it's ok, if I jump in here? I mainly second everything except archion, since I have only catholics ;)
Additions (partially focused on Baden):
For Italian records, check out Antenati: http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/
For Italian last names check out Cognome: https://www.cognomix.it/mappe-dei-cognomi-italiani
And I have trees here, Geni, FS, Ancestry and Myheritage. You can find a ton of Italian records on Familysearch as well.
Also be sure to check out the FS wiki: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Italy_Letter_Writing_Guide?fbclid=IwAR3wIQkOpdVrWe6tQS7WrGARrXzL7s0xi3trsNmMe8jlMrOXUQ360wLWmBU
+1 for FindMyPast. They had a free weekend a couple of years ago, and I managed to move almost every single one of my family lines back at least one generation. Granted, my roots are all in the UK, which is kind of their area of expertise, but I found that one free weekend much more useful than the 30 days free I got at Ancestry.ca and Geni.com. If I was going to pay for a genealogy site, FMP would be at the top of my list.
+1 for Library and Archives Canada. There are all kinds of useful sources there, but the collections I use most are:
+1 for FreeBMD, FreeReg, and FreeCen. The latter two have been reworked recently to let you generate an Evidence Explained citation for a record in a couple of clicks. I hope FreeBMD follows suit soon, because that option saves me a ton of time.
+1 for Trove. Aside from being of immense help in sourcing people in Australia, I think the option of helping to fix the transcriptions of old newspaper articles fits in with the spirit of WikiTree perfectly: I get help, and I give some in return.
Also, because I refuse to give FamilySearch my birthdate (or lie), I can't even see their sources. Therefore, I have to rely on governments in various jurisdictions which make their records available online. The ones I have found so far are:
There are probably lots of other similar sites in other jurisdictions, but those are the ones I've found so far.
I should also give a shout out to RootsChat. It doesn't have an archive of sources, or family trees, or anything like that. It's essentially a forum site (like G2G), except that the users there are incredibly talented at solving genealogical mysteries. If something is baffling you (genealogically, I mean), then chances are good that somebody on RootsChat already knows the answer, or else knows how to find it.
I was just sourcing a profile using The Gazette, which I definitely should have mentioned. It's my go-to site for tracing the careers of officers in the British military, and of course people who have received an honour from the monarch of the time. There are holes in the indexing, so some people who I should see a ton of hits for don't show up at all, but in some cases, I've been able to follow an officer's rise through the ranks from cannon fodder to the top of the heap.
And another gem I forgot to mention: The Internet Archive. When I'm really stumped, it's amazing how a book I've never even heard of can give me essential clues for a hard-to-source profile.
Tommy's list is awesome - being New Zealand based and with the New Zealand project. I use also some local based sites.
Internal Affairs - Historic Births, Deaths & Marriages - https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/
New Zealand Ship Passenger Lists - http://www.freesurnamesearch.com/search/ausnzp/passengerstonz.html.
NZETC - New Zealand Electronic Text Collection, Victoria University, Wellington Library - http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-NZETC-About-mission.html.
Soldiers of the Empire database - http://www.soldiersofempire.nz/database.html
New Zealand Yesteryears - http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/
Online Cenotaph - https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph
Papers Past - Archive of NZ Newspapers 1840 - 1950 - https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/
For inspiration, I like to occasionally, watch a couple of programs available on youtube and a few other places
"Who do you think you are?" - UK, USA, Australia
"Finding your Roots" - USA.