Weekend Websites

Well, after a weekend spent with out-of-town guests plus seven hours of road travel, tackling a blog seems a bit overwhelming this evening. Tonight’s entry could definitely use a more creative title, but I’m tired and the creative juices aren’t flowing too freely. So, what I thought I’d do is share some websites and blogs that I’ve recently discovered and found very helpful. Hope someone reading this might find them useful too.

Family History Daily wrote a great article on how to search through FamilySearch.org records that haven’t been indexed and thus aren’t yet searchable. The images themselves ARE available for viewing and can be browsed. It’s a slower process, but I’ve already made some great finds by searching through records on this site:

http://familyhistorydaily.com/tips-and-tricks/millions-of-free-records-on-familysearch-cant-be-found-via-search-heres-how-to-access-them/

While helping some friends with their tree this weekend I was directed to a site that deals exclusively with Caribbean genealogy. The site is simply called Caribbean Family History. It leans a little heavy towards Barbados, but it’s free and there’s some really helpful information here and it seems to be expanding: http://www.caribbeanfamilyhistory.org/

I also discovered a FaceBook group called The Organized Genealogist – this is a closed group so you need to submit a request to join and see their posts. The group has over 22,000 members – all willing to share tips on how to organize your genealogy. That is their sole focus – organization. I only joined a week ago, but can already see that this site is going to be a great resource.

Finally, one of my favorite sites is the Library of Congress’ project called Chronicling America. This free site lets you search scanned newspapers from around the country dating from 1836 to 1922. I’ve discovered some interesting information just by searching a particular state looking for just a family surname. The website is http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.

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