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Favorite Free Genealogy Websites (plus a few that are worth the $)

I’m often asked what websites and books I use most for my professional research. Below is a video outlining my favorite family history websites which is premiering Tuesday 7am (pacific). The next video is about my favorite genealogy books and available now.

Here are links to the books from the video on Favorite Genealogy Books (the links below are through my Amazon affiliate account where I receive a small commission, but there is no additional cost to you).

Process Oriented Books:

Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones https://amzn.to/3teXbAB

Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills https://amzn.to/3q3VLXw

Genealogy Standards by Board for Certification of Genealogists https://amzn.to/32ZnDDq

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills https://amzn.to/3JQwIiz – Older book (I have) Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills https://amzn.to/3f1Uxpt – I also have (helps you build citations) QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Citing Sources https://amzn.to/31CpQE34:58

DNA Books:

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger https://amzn.to/3qST1LO5:42

General Resource Books:

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 https://amzn.to/3n7nHrD

United States Atlas 1890 and Complete Post-Office Directory by Eleanor S. Hutcheson https://amzn.to/3t7sKvQ

Cemetery Iconography: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism by Cassidy Madariaga – not available – alternate – Stories in Stone by Gibbs Smith https://amzn.to/3HJWuTN

Courthouse Research for Family Historians by Christine Rose https://amzn.to/3fkIdkp

Nicknames: Past and Present by Christine Rose https://amzn.to/3q6Ln1a What Did They

Mean by That? By Paul Drake https://amzn.to/3r7vkiK10:17 African American Research:

The Best of Reclaiming Kin by Robyn N. Smith https://amzn.to/31CnQvx

A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors by Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom https://amzn.to/3JT3jnS

Directory of African American Religious Bodies – Howard University https://amzn.to/3q3VLXw

Ari Wilkins – African American Researcher – https://www.blackgenesis.com

SOME ADDITIONAL BOOKS:

These missed the show, but I just ordered them – one on land grants, land grants and deeds are essential for genealogy research, the other on tax lists, another frequently overlooked resource for difficult genealogy problems.

Military Bounty Land, 1776-1855 by Christine Rose – https://amzn.to/3GqIwG9

The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records by Carol Cooke Darrow and Susan Winchester – https://amzn.to/3trx3Cu

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Genealogy basics

Happy Veteran’s Day!

The fighting of “The Great War,” World War I, ended with an armistice on this day in 1918. In 1954 November 11 was set aside to honor not just those veterans, but American veterans of all wars. Thank you to all veterans out there! We owe our freedom to you.

While you may not have a veteran in your family history, you undoubtedly have one who filled out a draft card for WWI or WWII, both available now to researchers. Below is my great-grandfather George Cecil Stevenson’s WWI draft card. These are available on FamilySearch.org. You must create an account but the account is free.

Note there are two pages to WWII draft cards as well, but on some websites, such as Ancestry.com, you will see the first image only, you much click to see the second page. Please be sure to do so as it has a physical description and other information.

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Rootstech will be Free in 2021

img_8428One of the events I look forward to each year is Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah. Next year it will be virtual and FREE! It is the world’s largest genealogy conference. There will be dozens of classes in multiple languages available on demand throughout the year! Don’t miss this great opportunity. Click here for more info and to sign up.

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Online Personal Genealogist for Hire

Aimee HeadshotReceive hands on help via Zoom conferencing.  I will help you begin your genealogy research,  guide you through the research process or help you advance your research.

This service includes a review of your family history project and two Zoom sessions – three hours of professional research help for $125!

Call (214) 509-7292 or email aimee@ancestryconsultingbyaimee.com to schedule.

Genealogy fun

Father’s Day

One of the things I love about genealogy is the inevitable development of a greater appreciation of our ancestors.  As we near Father’s Day we have the opportunity to celebrate our dads, granddads, etc.  I ran across this card my grandmother gave to my grandfather and it made me laugh!

What’s your favorite memory of your father or grandfather?

Research helps

National Genealogical Society

NGS Magazine
My membership in the National Genealogical Society is by far my most valuable resource for improving my research skills. They produce a magazine, NGS Monthly, which is free to members only. Because of the current social distancing they have offered free access for all to the last five years of the publication. Click here for the link.

Check it out and learn something new!

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Ancestor Card Game

I believe knowing your ancestors makes one better and we will see them again someday. My grandchildren don’t know these people as I did, most have passed away. In wanting my family to draw closer to their ancestors I made this card game for my family. It turned out terrifically! How can you draw your family into their family history?

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Colorizing B&W Photos

Hazel Filer and Gary Kuenzli copy-Comparison

MyHeritage.com has a new program where you can quickly and easily colorize and download black and white photographs. Ordinarily you can only colorize 10 photos, but given the circumstances we face today they are giving all users free and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™. Check it out!