24 July 2010

Favourite Web sites (NEHGS survey)

A survey at Genea-Musings invited us to rank eight Web sites in order of importance to our research. As I don't use http://www.newenglandancestors.org/ or http://www.usgenweb.org/ and rarely use http://www.footnote.com, I have substituted sites that are important to me.

1) http://www.google.com/ - Google Alerts (try it!); searching; Blogger
2) http://www.rootsweb.com/ - mailing lists; WorldConnect; Freepages; guides
3) http://www.genuki.org.uk/ - best starting point for UK/Ireland
4) http://www.CyndisList.com/ - best list of genealogy links worldwide
5) http://www.findmypast.co.uk - better databases than Ancestry
6) http://trove.nla.gov.au/ - searchable digitised Australian newspapers
7) http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/ - databases
8) http://www.familysearch.org/ - lots of good stuff

I'm sorry, but I cannot bring myself to rank Ancestry.com in the Top 8, because its indexing is often woefully inaccurate. Other sites that deserve a Highly Commended are LostCousins (http://www.lostcousins.com/) and CuriousFox (http://www.curiousfox.org/ for USA, http://www.curiousfox.com/ for UK/ Ireland).

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