Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Newspapers


Big news - New York Times Online for Free, 1851-1922; 1981-1987: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html

Both the US and English governments are committing to digitizing old newspapers now! US project: http://www.loc.gov/preserv/ndnp.html (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: http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/.

England: http://www.bl.uk/collections/britishnewspapers1800to1900.html (2 million pages, 1800-1900)
British Library Online Newspaper Archive: http://www.uk.olivesoftware.com/ (HORRIBLE interface, not accessible with Firefox, my browser of choice).

US and world current newspapers: http://newslink.org/metnews.html, http://www.refdesk.com/paper.html, http://www.onlinenewspapers.com

FREE, $$$ Newspaper Archives, most 1990+: http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/archives.html

Foreign Language Newspapers: http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/types/flnews/

National Newspaper Program: http://www.neh.gov/projects/usnp.html

Newspaper Abstracts: http://newspaperabstracts.com/

Identifying and Locating Newspapers: http://web.library.emory.edu/subjects/humanities/history/newspapers.htm

Newspapers and Periodicals through the OCLC system (Online Computer Library Center) participating libraries: http://www.oclc.org/contacts/libraries/default.htm. More about OCLC: http://www.oclc.org

Old Newspapers by State:

Alabama: http://www.archives.state.al.us/dataindex.html

Alaska: http://www.library.state.ak.us/hist/newspaper.html

Arizona: http://www.lib.az.us/anp/index.html

Arkansas: http://library.uark.edu/screens/opacmenu.html

California: http://cbsr26.ucr.edu/cnp/index.html

Colorado - Colorado‚Äôs Historic Newspaper Collection (CHNC): http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/,    http://www.coloradohistory.org/chs_library/research_coll_files/rc_newspapers.htm

Idaho: http://www.idahohistory.net/library_collections.html

Illinois - State Library: http://www.state.il.us/hpa/lib/microfilm.htm
   U of I: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/techserv/inp/webpages/main.htm
   Historical Society: http://www.chicagohs.org/collections/newspaper.html

Indiana - Historical Society: http://www.indianahistory.org/library/library.php?page=2#newspapers
   IU: http://www.indiana.edu/~libcirc/index.html

Iowa: http://www.iowahistory.org/library/library_offers/library_offers.html#newspaper
   Iowa Old Press: http://www.iowaoldpress.com

Kansas: http://www.kshs.org/library/news.htm

Kentucky: http://www.uky.edu/libraries/pnm.html

Louisiana: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/lnp.html

Maine: http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/newspapers/mnphome.htm

Maryland: http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/

Massachusetts: http://www.bpl.org/research/index.htmnewspapers/cfm/index.cfm

Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17449_18643---,00.html

Minnesota: http://collections.mnhs.org/newspapers/arsearch.html

Mississippi: http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/find.html

Missouri: http://www.umkc.edu/lib/gen-info/00collec.htm#mnp

Montana: http://www.discoveringmontana.com/mhsweb/departments/library-archives/libcollections.html#newspapers

Nebraska: http://www.unl.edu/nebnews/nnphome.html

Nevada: http://www.library.unr.edu/ (in main catalog)

New Hampshire - Dartmouth College: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/
   NH State Library: http://www.state.nh.us/nhsl/network/newstitle_1.html

New Jersey: http://www.njarchives.org/links/newspaper-1.html

New Mexico: http://www.unm.edu/~cswrref/enghome.html

New York: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/nysnp/
    Northern New York Historical Newspapers: http://news.nnyln.net/

North Carolina: http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/TSS/NEWSPAPE.HTM

North Dakota: http://www.state.nd.us/hist/newshome.htm

Ohio: http://www.ohiohistory.org/occ/menu.htm

Oklahoma: http://www.ok-history.mus.ok.us/arch/news8.html

Oregon: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/preservn/onmp.html

Pennsylvania: http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us/libraries/cwp/view.asp?a=15&Q=40148&librariesPNavCtr=|#1257

Rhode Island - Providence: http://www.rihs.org/ref%20coll.htm

South Carolina: http://www.sc.edu/library/socar/books.html#newspapers

South Dakota: http://www.sdhistory.org/arc/newspaper/default.asp

Tennessee: http://www.lib.utk.edu/spcoll/newspaper/related.htm

Texas: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/newspapers/tnp.html

Utah: http://webpac.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews/
   Utah Digital Newspapers: http://www.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews/

Vermont: http://danalib.uvm.edu/vtnp/vnphome.html

Virginia: http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwedo/vnp/index.htm

Washington: http://www.statelib.wa.gov/wa_newspapers.aspx#

West Virginia: http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/wvcollection/newspapers.htm

Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/library/collections/news.html

Wyoming: http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/databases/news.htm (main catalog)
   many online here: http://www.rootsweb.com/~wygenweb/newsp.htm


Time spent with cats is never wasted. - Colette

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Ontario


Archives of Ontario: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/
   Research Guides: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/guides/index.html

OurOntario.ca: 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. http://www.ourontario.ca/

Ontario GenWeb: http://www.geneofun.on.ca/ongenweb/

Ontario Birth Registrations, 1869-1906: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~births/index.htm

Gateway to Ontario Cemeteries: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~silentguardians/

Ontario Obituaries: http://www.ontarioobits.com/

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. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~murrayp/

Field of Stones - Pictures of pioneer or abandoned cemeteries in Ontario: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~clifford/

Wellington County Directory and Gazetteer 1867, Ontario, Canada: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wjmartin/welling.htm

How to use the CLRI (Ontario Land Records Index): http://olivetreegenealogy.com/can/ont/land.shtml, http://olivetreegenealogy.com/can/ont/clri.shtml

Directory of all online Ontario Census records: http://olivetreegenealogy.com/can/ont/census.shtml

Ontario Genealogy Index (Olive Tree Genealogy): http://olivetreegenealogy.com/can/ont/index.shtml

The Evolution of Ontario's Borders, 1774-1912: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/exhibits/maps/boundaries.htm

Marriages in Ontario, 1800-1924: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/ontmarr.htm

The Challenge of Locating Vital Records in Ontario/Upper Canada/Canada West -
Part 1: 1869-present: http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/List001/list29a.htm
Part 2: 1858-1869: http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/List001/list29b.htm
Part 3: pre-1858: http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/List001/list29c.htm
Part 4: more sources: http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/List001/list29d.htm
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: http://www.100megsfree3.com/granny1/ontmap.html

Toronto Public Library - Early directories: http://digit.tpl.toronto.on.ca:8000/

Toronto Tax Assessment rolls (also 1901 Toronto Census): http://www.ontarioroots.com


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

Timelines


Create your own timeline: http://www.ourtimelines.com/, HistoryWorld: http://www.historyworld.net/default.asp

Step-By-Step: Creating A Timeline: http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6529&o_iid=831&o_lid=831&o_it=831

Food - what people ate: http://www.gti.net/mocolib1/kid/food.html

This Day in American Weather History: http://www.weatherforyou.com/history/

American (Smithsonian): http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/timeline.htm
   Interesting animated timeline/atlas: http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie2.html - great little 10 minute brush-up on the highlights of US history

Australian: http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/timeline/

British: http://www.britannia.com/history/time1.html
   BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/timelines/
   Ulster: http://www.cruithni.org.uk/

Scottish: http://members.aol.com/skyelander/timeline.html

Upper Canada - later Ontario, Canada: http://www.uppercanadagenealogy.com/chronologyS.html

Celtic: http://www.art-with-attitude.com/village/celt_timeline.html

Scandinavian: http://europeanhistory.about.com/cs/scandinavia/

Chronik der Geschichte, An English-German History Timeline: http://german.about.com/library/blhist_time01.htm

French: http://www.uncg.edu/rom/courses/dafein/civ/timeline.htm

Alsace: http://dgmweb.net/genealogy/Ancillary/Geog/Europe/Alsace-Lorraine.shtml


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: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/comstandweb.cfm
Also available as a PDF: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/gswebPages.pdf

Genealogy Web Creations - Website Design for the Genealogist: http://www.genealogy-web-creations.com/


HTML Tutorials and Validation

Elsie's Tutorials: http://freepages.computers.rootsweb.com/~elsi/

Help for the Beginning Web Author: http://freepages.computers.rootsweb.com/~pasher/

Writing HTML: http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tut/

W3Schools: http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp

HTML Goodies: http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/basics.html

HTML for People Who Want to Learn: http://www.geocities.com/abcs_html/

HTML Help JUST for Kids: http://www.lissaexplains.com/

Webmaster Freebies: http://www.thefreesite.com/Webmaster_Freebies/

Symbols in HTML: http://www.perlscriptsjavascripts.com/tutorials/html/chapappa.html

Use Meta Tags Properly: http://www.searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/article.php/2167931

Image Formats for the Web: http://shallowsky.com/linux/imageformats.html

A List Apart (CSS, design): http://www.alistapart.com/

Graphics Sites for Website Building: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/08/graphics-sites-for-website-building.html

CSS & Browser Compatibility: http://www.alistapart.com/stories/tohell/ , http://webstandards.org/act/campaign/buc/

Free CSS Class: http://westciv.com/courses/free/index.html

The HTML Writers Guild: http://www.hwg.org/

W3C MarkUp Validation Service: http://validator.w3.org/

Backgrounds and Buttons: http://www.chibicreations.com/, http://the.enchantress.net/

Free Search Engines
Atomz Express Search (ads, 750 pages max): http://www.atomz.com/applications/search/trial.htm

FreeFind (ads): http://www.freefind.com

Fusion Bot (ads with results, no ads $$$): http://www.fusionbot.com

Google (ads): http://www.google.com/searchcode.html

Master.com (ad for Master.com): http://www.master.com

PicoSearch (ads, 250 pages max, more available $$$): http://www.picosearch.com

whatUseek Basic (ads, 1,000 pages max, more available $$$): http://www.sitelevel.com

Free HTML Pedigree Chart & Family Group Sheet: http://www.ida.net/users/elaine/pedigre2.HTM
   Copy the code into Notepad, fill in your information, save, and upload to your site. Sample pedigree: http://www.ida.net/users/elaine/chart1.htm


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.

FGS: http://www.fgs.org/

NGS: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/
   Home Study Course also available on CD

APG: http://www.apgen.org/conferences/roundtable.html, http://www.apgen.org/conferences/
   The APG list is also essential: http://www.apgen.org/publications/apg-l/

National Institute on Genealogical Research: http://www.rootsweb.com/~natgenin/
   An-depth look at federal records of genealogical value located primarily in Washington, D.C.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy: http://www.infouga.org/

Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford Univ., Birmingham AL: http://www.samford.edu/schools/ighr/ighr.html

UWExtension offers a 9-month Certificate Program in Genealogy and Family History, weekly non-credit night classes in Seattle Washington: http://www.extension.washington.edu/ext/certificates/gfh/gfh_gen.asp

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

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History holds the week-long British Institute in SLC every October: http://www.isbgfh.org/institute.htm

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: http://genealogy.edu/moodle/

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: http://history.byu.edu/family/

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.
http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/APG/2007-01/1169154726

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

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