Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Big news - New York Times Online for Free, 1851-1922; 1981-1987:

Both the US and English governments are committing to digitizing old newspapers now! US project: (millions of pages, 1836-1922, first images ready by 2006). Update: more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published 1900-1910:

England: (2 million pages, 1800-1900)
British Library Online Newspaper Archive: (HORRIBLE interface, not accessible with Firefox, my browser of choice).

US and world current newspapers:,,

FREE, $$$ Newspaper Archives, most 1990+:

Foreign Language Newspapers:

National Newspaper Program:

Newspaper Abstracts:

Identifying and Locating Newspapers:

Newspapers and Periodicals through the OCLC system (Online Computer Library Center) participating libraries: More about OCLC:

Old Newspapers by State:






Colorado - Colorado‚Äôs Historic Newspaper Collection (CHNC):,


Illinois - State Library:
   U of I:
   Historical Society:

Indiana - Historical Society:

   Iowa Old Press:













Nevada: (in main catalog)

New Hampshire - Dartmouth College:
   NH State Library:

New Jersey:

New Mexico:

New York:
    Northern New York Historical Newspapers:

North Carolina:

North Dakota:





Rhode Island - Providence:

South Carolina:

South Dakota:



   Utah Digital Newspapers:




West Virginia:


Wyoming: (main catalog)
   many online here:

Time spent with cats is never wasted. - Colette

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Archives of Ontario:
   Research Guides: explore digital collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups, government agencies and private collections in Ontario, all in one search. While you may find some surnames, you are much more likely to find places, groups and institutional names.

Ontario GenWeb:

Ontario Birth Registrations, 1869-1906:

Gateway to Ontario Cemeteries:

Ontario Obituaries:

Northern Ontario Canada Gravemarker Gallery: over 300 cemeteries completed. Work is continuing, and Murray welcomes your help! Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Algoma, Manitoulin, Sudbury, Nipissing, Renfrew, Parry Sound, Muskoka, Temiskaming, Cochrane districts or regions are included.

Field of Stones - Pictures of pioneer or abandoned cemeteries in Ontario:

Wellington County Directory and Gazetteer 1867, Ontario, Canada:

How to use the CLRI (Ontario Land Records Index):,

Directory of all online Ontario Census records:

Ontario Genealogy Index (Olive Tree Genealogy):

The Evolution of Ontario's Borders, 1774-1912:

Marriages in Ontario, 1800-1924:

The Challenge of Locating Vital Records in Ontario/Upper Canada/Canada West -
Part 1: 1869-present:
Part 2: 1858-1869:
Part 3: pre-1858:
Part 4: more sources:
These articles were written in 1998 and some of the links may be very out of date. -Fawne Stratford-Devai

Book: Index of Passengers who emigrated to Canada between 1817 & 1849, compiled and edited by John A. Acton, pub: the Toronto Branch of OGS, 1999. Index of names, year, reference source (vol., page and NAC film no.). NAC microfilm can be ordered ILL to get the details.

Map of Southern Ontario, including counties and townships:

Toronto Public Library - Early directories:

Toronto Tax Assessment rolls (also 1901 Toronto Census):

I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. - General Patton

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Monday, January 22, 2007


Create your own timeline:, HistoryWorld:

Step-By-Step: Creating A Timeline:

Food - what people ate:

This Day in American Weather History:

American (Smithsonian):
   Interesting animated timeline/atlas: - great little 10 minute brush-up on the highlights of US history




Upper Canada - later Ontario, Canada:



Chronik der Geschichte, An English-German History Timeline:



There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. - Elie Wiesel

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Creating Simple Websites

National Genealogy Society's Guidelines For Publishing Web Pages On The Internet
Recommended by the NGS, May 2000:
Also available as a PDF:

Genealogy Web Creations - Website Design for the Genealogist:

HTML Tutorials and Validation

Elsie's Tutorials:

Help for the Beginning Web Author:

Writing HTML:


HTML Goodies:

HTML for People Who Want to Learn:

HTML Help JUST for Kids:

Webmaster Freebies:

Symbols in HTML:

Use Meta Tags Properly:

Image Formats for the Web:

A List Apart (CSS, design):

Graphics Sites for Website Building:

CSS & Browser Compatibility: ,

Free CSS Class:

The HTML Writers Guild:

W3C MarkUp Validation Service:

Backgrounds and Buttons:,

Free Search Engines
Atomz Express Search (ads, 750 pages max):

FreeFind (ads):

Fusion Bot (ads with results, no ads $$$):

Google (ads): (ad for

PicoSearch (ads, 250 pages max, more available $$$):

whatUseek Basic (ads, 1,000 pages max, more available $$$):

Free HTML Pedigree Chart & Family Group Sheet:
   Copy the code into Notepad, fill in your information, save, and upload to your site. Sample pedigree:

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. - Victor Hugo

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Continuing Education for Genealogists

Annually, both the Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS) and the National Genealogy Society (NGS) hold conventions. Both are full of excellent classes and workshops. Also, the Association of Profession Genealogists (APG) holds a Roundtable or Conference before these national conferences.


   Home Study Course also available on CD

   The APG list is also essential:

National Institute on Genealogical Research:
   An-depth look at federal records of genealogical value located primarily in Washington, D.C.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy:

Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford Univ., Birmingham AL:

UWExtension offers a 9-month Certificate Program in Genealogy and Family History, weekly non-credit night classes in Seattle Washington:

National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers web-based courses. Certificates in American, Canadian, English, German, Irish and Scottish Records, General Methodology and Librarianship:

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History holds the week-long British Institute in SLC every October:

Heritage Genealogical College offers Certificates, Associate and Bachelor Degrees, with training for Genealogical and Historical Research, Writing Historical Biographies and Historical Fiction, Land Title Searches and Legal Missing Heirs Research and Medical Genetic Genealogical Research Coordination. Classes are available in SLC or online:

Brigham Young University (BYU) offer a BA in Family History, a Minor in Family History, a BA in General Studies with an emphasis of Family History, and a Certificate in Family History. BYU is in SLC, Utah, and some courses are available online:

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, says,
Formal classes are fine, but EXPERIENCE in the records is the best teacher. Become the expert in the type of records you work with. Be the person others write to for information in that record group or geographic area....Write your reports BCG Standards Manual style, properly cited. Practice good form and it will become a habit so that when you reach for a client report in your drawer to include in your certification portfolio (or accreditation pedigree) you will know it is a true sample of your good work.

To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe. - Anatole France

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