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ASC 4144a: Genealogy

Fee-Based General Websites

Ancestry
$$$ This is a fee based service. Members of the Dowling Community can access this on campus. Home access through Dowling is not available. This is a product of the Generations Network. If most of your genealogical searching will be done in the UK, France, or Germany, you may wish to subscribe to the Ancestry product for these countries. My personal experience with AncestryUK revealed that there was a significant difference in UK resources on the AncestryUK version not available on AncestryUS.

Footnote
$$$ This is a fee based service. Footnote.com is a place where original historical documents are combined with social networking in order to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past. This site contains a variety of historic documents in pdf format.

Gen.Com
$$$ This is a fee based service. This is another product of the Generations Network. If you do not have access to HeritageQuest, Genealogy.Com offers a “Family and Local History” collection that offers full-text access to a number of print genealogies and local histories.

HeritageQuest
$$$ This is a fee based service. This is a Proquest product. HeritageQuest is available only through member libraries and can not be subscribed to by individuals. However, many public libraries do have access. This product offers full-text access to a large collection of print genealogies and local histories, Persi (a database of genealogical and local history articles), Revolutionary War pensions & bounties, and Freedman’s Bank.

Origins Network
$$$ This is a fee based service. This is owned and operated by Origins Network. This product focuses on English, Irish, and Scottish genealogy. It holds exclusive online rights to the Boyd records of London and the Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland. It has partners with the Society of Genealogists, the National Library of Ireland, and the Bothwick Institute for Archives and offers indexes to their databases of historic wills and other family documents that can be purchased online with immediate pdf access.

World Vital Records
$$$ This is a fee based service. This is owned and operated by World Vital Records who are former employees of Generation Network. This is a relatively new company that only launched in 2006. It is growing and partnering with many other genealogical companies for some of their databases. Note: some of their resources are free Google Books.

Free General Websites

Cyndi’s List
This is a free website. It is operated by Cyndi Howell. This site contains lists of genealogical sites – both free and fee-based. It is topical and easy to use. Links are live and well-maintained.

Family Search
This is a free service. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The search engine is very useful and occasionally access information not found elsewhere. The one caveat I offer is that the information is supplied by other genealogists and may be incorrect. When stumped I often turn here for a clue or lead, but make sure I verify it either back to their origin resource or one of my own. The Library Catalog [[ is also useful for locating hard to get print resources, but more importantly microfilms of original resources. These items can be requested through interlibrary loan and view for free at a local LDS Family History Center.

Family History Digital Collection
This is a free service. It is owned and operated by Brighan Young University. The site offers access to printed genealogies and original documents. Their search engine operates on the same principles as a library catalog.

Olive Tree Genealogy
This is a free website. It is operated by Lorine McGinnis Schulze. The Olive Tree offers free access to primary source documents, genealogical, and historical materials primarily for the United States and Canada. The Olive Tree Genealogy was listed as the “Best of the Web” 2001 for its New Netherland Section genealogical material. It is useful to create a free account for this site.

Roots Web
This is a free service funded and supported by Ancestry/Generations Network. It is very helpful to establish a free account with the site. The most unique and useful part of this site are its Message Boards. Type in the surname or geographic location you are research and see what others you are researching that family or area are discussing. Post an email and you might just break through your “brickwall” or find a lost relative!

Historical Societies and Genealogical Libraries

Family Search
This is a free service. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The search engine is very useful and occasionally access information not found elsewhere. The one caveat I offer is that the information is supplied by other genealogists and may be incorrect. When stumped I often turn here for a clue or lead, but make sure I verify it either back to their origin resource or one of my own. The Library Catalog is also useful for locating hard to get print resources, but more importantly microfilms of original resources. These items can be requested through interlibrary loan and view for free at a local LDS Family History Center.

Godfrey Memorial Library
$$$ This is a fee based service. It is owned and operated by The Godfrey Memorial Library located in Middletown, CT. In 2002, the Godfrey Memorial Library partnered with the LDS to become a hybrid of a public library, genealogical research library, and Family History Center. There are four types of memberships with increasing access to their exclusive online resources and premium databases. Access to in-house usage of the research library is free and open to anyone.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
$$$ This is a fee based service. It is owned and operated by The New England Historic Genealogical Society located in Boston. “The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the country’s oldest genealogical organization.” Membership includes access to their research library, lectures, trips & tours, their online documents, resources, and databases including exclusive access to their scholarly publication, The Register (1847–2004) and the Great Migration Project that charts individuals and families who arrived in American between 1620 and 1643. Site also includes free access to two fee based databases: Early American Newspapers and Nineteenth Century Newspapers. Do not be fooled, NEGHS resources are NOT exclusively New England based, especially noteworthy are the NY Probate Records 1787–1835 and many English parish registers.

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
$$$ This is a fee based service. It is owned and operated by The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society located in New York City. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society was founded in 1869. Membership includes access to their research library (which will close for relocation May 1st, 2008), lectures, trips & tours, their online documents, resources, and databases including exclusive access to their scholarly publication, The Record (1870–1983) and their “eLibrary” of transcriptions of New York City/State church records and cemeteries. Site also includes free access to one fee based databases: Early American Newspapers.

United States

Historic Map Works
This is a free site. This is a commercial site that sells map reproductions. It is, however, very useful for browsing through its historic maps and atlases. The site will allow you to zone in on maps and even make photocopies. If you are trying to locate a street in New York City, this is your site!

Interment.net
This is a free site. This is a volunteer project. Search by location (country, state, county – as applicable, then go to box at left and enter surname. Once at a particular cemetery, you can search other surnames. The site offers cemetery transcriptions and some photographs of gravestones. This site offers more international coverage than the Tombstone Transcription Project.

National Archives and Record Administration (NARA)
This is a free site. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) is a major source of genealogical information about people, places, and events in the United States. This page designed for genealogists and local historian has links to indexes and online documents. It is cumbersome to use but often worth the wait for free access to information and original documents.

Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
This is a free site. The National Archives (of the United States) offers an amazing number of databases of interest to individuals researching their ancestry. Browse the general subjects and select a topic, a list of database will open for you to search.

Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation
The home of the “Ellis Island Archives” maintains records and photographs for the 22+ million passengers and ships’ crews who entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. “The Passenger Record Archive” is a searchable database that lists: passenger records, giving passenger name, date of arrival, ship of travel, age on arrival, original manifests showing passenger names & ship information, the history and background of each ship, and many photographs.

Tombstone Transcription Project
This is a free site. This is a sub-project of the USGenWeb Project. It also consists of a group of volunteers. Search by location (country or state), then by county, then by town or cemetery – as applicable. Each transcription is unique, some have surname search engines for those without this feature use your browser “Find” option. Once at a particular cemetery, you can search other surnames. The site offers cemetery transcriptions and often photographs of gravestones. Offerings are predominantly US cemeteries with a few international cemeteries.

USGenWeb Project
This is a free site. “The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.” The Project is divided into states. Each state is has state, county, and sometimes local coordinators. The site offers transcribes, documents, photos, maps, all loaded by local volunteers. The local information is particularly important if you are working out-of-state or with a locale with which you are unfamiliar. Most offer volunteer local look-up services…very useful if you need to know what is really written on grand-daddy’s tombstone!

African-American

AfriGeneas
AfriGeneas is a site dedicated to assisting African American research their African Ancestry. Site includes resources the AfriGeneas mail list, and the AfriGeneas message boards.

Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society
AGHS maintains this site dedicated to assisting Afro-American research their Afro-American Ancestry. Site includes general and regional resources.

Freedmen’s Bureau

This is a free site. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established in the War Department in 1865 to supervise all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen and to deal with confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States. The records of the Freemen’s Bureau and the Freedmen’s Bank are especially useful in locating information about former slaves.

New York

NYGenWeb
This is the New York state portion of the US GenWeb Project. The Project is organized at the county level and/or state level. Each region project will vary, but may include: search postings, family reunion bulletin boards, state histories, and maps showing the changing county boundaries, among others. Many states also have ongoing projects as diverse as the transcription of Civil War regiments or the reuniting of families with lost photos, bibles, etc.

New York City

Brooklyn Genealogy Information Page
This is a free site. It is owned and operated by Nancy E Lutz. It contains many useful links for Brooklyn, but also for Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. I recommend using the Brooklyn links, and then linking to the alternate area links if info is not found.

German Genealogy Group
This is a free site. The German Genealogical Group promotes the furthering of German American heritage and genealogy. The GGG hosts a number of useful databases for New York City Research including: the Heritage Preservation Project (which includes birth, marriage, and death/cemetery records for five NYC churches), the German Enemy database (for German born non-citizen of NYC c1914–17) and the Italian Genealogical Group databases.

Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York

This is a free site. The Hispanic Genealogy Center is sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York. The web links for the HGS are available through the information bar at the top and include links to a number of Central and Latin American resources.

Italian Genealogical Group
This is a free site. “The Italian Genealogical Group is an organization dedicated to furthering Italian family history and genealogy. Although most members are from the New York City metropolitan area, our membership is worldwide.” The IGG hosts a number of useful databases for New York City Research including: Naturalization Records (including NYC, LI, and military naturalization), Vital Records (birth, marriage (searchable by bride or groom), and death for NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, and Suffolk- dates vary by area), Other Records (including Italian communes and surnames linked to Italy by locations).

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
$$$ This is a fee based service. It is owned and operated by The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society located in New York City. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society was founded in 1869. Membership includes access to their research library (which will close for relocation May 1st, 2008), lectures, trips & tours, their online documents, resources, and databases including exclusive access to their scholarly publication, The Record (1870–1983) and their “eLibrary” of transcriptions of New York City/State church records and cemeteries. Site also includes free access to one fee based databases: Early American Newspapers.

Stephen Morse
This is a free site with links to both free and fee-based services. The Stephen Morse or the “One Step Portal” (as he calls it) is a collection of links to NYC genealogical resources. These include Ancestry, the Italian Genealogical Group, the German Genealogy Group, and municipal sites. This is a good beginning point for NYC research.

Long Island

Italian Genealogical Group
The Italian Genealogical Group has records and advice on how-to research your Italian heritage. It also has two searchable databases: The Nassau County, NY - Naturalization Records (includes Camp Mills and Aviation Field #2) and Suffolk County, NY - Naturalization Records (includes Camp Upton).

Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island links to local, national, and international resources for search Jewish family roots.

Long Island Genealogy
LIG includes 180+ searchable resources and a query board. List also provides biographical sketches and useful bibliographies on biographical sources.

Patchogue-Medford (Public) Library
This is a free site. It is owned and operated by Patchogue-Medford (Public) Library. It offers access to many online resources but most notably an index to the Long Island Forum (1938- 2004) and an index to birth, marriage, and death notices from The Advance and The Patchogue Advance (1879 to 1923 – partial - still in process).

Suffolk Historic Newspapers
This is a free site. It is the cooperative effort of 56 Suffolk County public libraries. The site current offers six Suffolk county historic newspapers, including: Corrector (Sag Harbor −1858–1871), Long Island Traveler (Cutchogue −1883–1893), Long Islander (Huntington −1839–1859), Port Jefferson Echo (Port Jefferson −1892–1904), and South Side Signal (Babylon −1870–1883).

Native American

Native American Genealogy Online
About the only site for Native American genealogical research. This includes access to: archives, libraries, census, biographies, cemeteries, church, court, directories, gazetteers, land, property, treaties, maps, military, citizenship, newspaper, periodical, probate, surname, taxation, vital, legends, stories and Federally Recognized Tribes.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
This is a free site. The Website is sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). The site is designed for political purposes, but this section about researching your Native American ancestry is very valuable. Scroll down to locate links which include a number of Tribal records links.

Citing Genealogy

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation of Sources
    This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

U.S. Immigration

National Archives: Immigration Records
Features ship passenger’s arrival records of numerous ports into the United States.

Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
The home of the “Ellis Island Archives” maintains records and photographs for the 22+ million passengers and ships’ crews who entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. “The Passenger Record Archive” is a searchable database that lists: passenger records, giving passenger name, date of arrival, ship of travel, age on arrival, original manifests showing passenger names & ship information, the history and background of each ship, and many photographs.

General International Genealogy Websites

Foundation for Medieval Genealogy
This is a free and $$$ fee based service. It is owned and operated by the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. he New York Genealogical and Biographical Society located in New York City. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society was founded in 1869. Membership includes access to their research library (which will close for relocation May 1st, 2008), lectures, trips & tours, their online documents, resources, and databases including exclusive access to their scholarly publication, The Record (1870–1983) and their “eLibrary” of transcriptions of New York City/State church records and cemeteries. Site also includes free access to one fee based databases: Early American Newspapers. This site originated with Chris Phillips. It is an individual’s effort to offer access to information about medieval family history. The site links to a variety of free documents from family histories & genealogies, cemetery & memorial transcriptions, and online documents. Well worth the search if linking back to medieval lines is your interest.

World Gen Web
The World Gen Web Project is a nonprofit organization that provides links to genealogical and historical records and resources worldwide. Begin search for NON-US resources by clicking on the map.

Caribbean

Caribbean Genealogy Research Page
This is a unique collection of genealogical resources. The collection of links is divided alphabetically by island. List includes links to organizational, family, and individual genealogical resources.

Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York

This is a free site. The Hispanic Genealogy Center is sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York. The web links for the HGS are available through the information bar at the top and include links to a number of Central and Latin American resources.

Puerto Rican/Hispanic Genealogical Society
“Founded in 1996, the PRHGS was established to enable Puerto Ricans, Hispanics and other interested persons develop and enhance their skills, knowledge and ability to conduct a competent genealogical search for their ancestors.”

Puerto Rican Historical and Genealogical Society
This is a free site. Site is also known as “PR Roots Café.” This is the “new” website of the Puerto Rican Historical and Genealogical Society. Site is in English, but resources may be in English or Spanish.

Latin America

United Kingdom and England

(For websites that include only England and also websites that include England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales combined)

Access to Archives (A2A)
This is a free site. It is the cooperative effort of UK libraries, archives, colleges/universities, municipal entities, and private institutions. It is a one-stop link to finding aids and online transcriptions. Go to their “Search” option and type in your surname or location. Note: read their “help” notation for searching tip – very helpful.

AncestryUK
$$$ This is a product of the Generations Network. If most of your genealogical searching will be done in the UK, France, or Germany, you may wish to subscribe to the Ancestry product for these countries. My personal experience with AncestryUK revealed that there was a significant difference in UK resources on the AncestryUK version not available on AncestryUS.

British History Online
This is a free site. It is the cooperative effort of UK libraries, archives, colleges/universities, municipal entities, and private institutions. It is a one-stop link to finding aids and online transcriptions. Go to their “Search” option and type in your surname or location. Note: there is a free account option for saving resources for revisiting. Built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

Burke’s Peerage and Gentry
$$$ This is a fee based service and may be access separately or through Origins Network. Burke’s is considered “The definitive guide to the genealogical history of the major royal, aristocratic and historical families of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States of America.” This is the source if you are trying to prove royal or noble lineage.

Doomsday Book Online
This is a free resource. This site was created by the National Archives (London). The Doomsday Book was the original census of England done in 1085 by William the Conqueror.

GenUKI
This is a free website. It is the UK’s answer to Cyndi’s List. It is hierarchically structured by geography – link to country, county, then town or village. It has an incredible amount of links to genealogical sites – both free and fee-based. It is topical and easy to use.

Medieval English Genealogy
This is a free resource. This site originated with Chris Phillips. It is an individual’s effort to offer access to information about medieval family history. The site links to a variety of free documents from family histories & genealogies, cemetery & memorial transcriptions, and online documents. Well worth the search if linking back to medieval lines is your interest.

Origins Network
$$$ This is a fee based service. This is owned and operated by Origins Network. This product focuses on English, Irish, and Scottish genealogy. It holds exclusive online rights to the Boyd records of London and the Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland. It has partners with the Society of Genealogists, the National Library of Ireland, and the Bothwick Institute for Archives and offers indexes to their databases of historic wills and other family documents that can be purchased online with immediate pdf access.

UK Genealogy Archives
This is a free resource. It is a private effort to offer free access to English parish registers and herald’s visitations. This information is useful in tracking medieval through early eighteenth century family history. The print or cdrom versions of these items can be very expensive to buy and not commonly available in US libraries. While the selection on this site is limited, it is better and cheaper than the alternatives. My kudos to the unnamed site owner!!!

Genealogical Forms

Ireland

Digital Irish Genealogy Data (DIGdat)
This is both a free and a fee based site. The site is owned and operated by Andrew J. Morris. Scroll down to determine if you wish to be a “free” or “fee-based” user.

Dublin 1850
This is a free site. This site is owned and operated by Trish Loughman. The site contains the historic list of Mayors and Lord Mayors of Dublin, Shaw’s Dublin City Directory of 1850, and Porter’s 1912 Directory of North County Dublin.

Fianna Guide to Irish Genealogy
This is a free site. This site has an AMAZING amount of free data to search. Click on Transcriptions and you will be awed by the sheer number available.

Irish Ancestors
$$$ This is a fee based service. This site is owned and operated by the Irish Times, Ireland’s first newspaper. This site has a number of useful databases. To search the database is free. Site will reveal number of hits, but to view the results there is a per item fee.

Irish Genealogical Project
This is a free site. The Irish Genealogical Project sponsored by Irish Genealogy Ltd Center in cooperation with the Irish Family History Foundation, the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland, and the Association of Ulster Genealogists and Record Agents. It offers free access to the following databases: 32 County Commissioned Births & Baptismal Research, Ireland’s Gravestone Index, Ireland’s Memorial Records for WWI, Householder’s Records, Ulster Covenant Search, and the Freeholders’ Records. The site offers a free guide entitled “Tracing your Ancestors in Ireland” to download.

Irish Newspaper Archive
This is a free site. (A free account is, however, recommended.) The National Micromedia Ltd is offering free access to 15 Irish newspapers covering 260 years. Newspapers are fully searchable with full text access.

Irish Roots Cafe
This is a good place to begin your Irish Genealogical Search. Search engines and background materials.

National Archives of Ireland
This is a free site. The National Archives of Ireland offers a number of databases of interest to individuals researching their Irish ancestors. If you click “Search the Archives on the topbar, and then click on “database list” you will see a list of all of their databases. Of particular interest is the database entitled “Ireland-Australia transportation database.”

Origins Network
$$$ This is a fee based service. This is owned and operated by Origins Network. This product focuses on English, Irish, and Scottish genealogy. It holds exclusive online rights to the Boyd records of London and the Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland. It has partners with the Society of Genealogists, the National Library of Ireland, and the Bothwick Institute for Archives and offers indexes to their databases of historic wills and other family documents that can be purchased online with immediate pdf access.

Ulster Historical Foundation
$$$ This is a fee based service. This site is owned and operated by the Ulster Historical Foundation, an educational non-profit organization. This is a “comprehensive service for the six counties of Northern Ireland and the three border counties in the Republic of Ireland. Together these make up the historic province of Ulster.” A list of database may be viewed by clicking on “online databases” on the topbar.

Western Europe

Germany

German Genealogy Group
This is a free site. The German Genealogical Group promotes the furthering of German American heritage and genealogy. The GGG hosts a number of useful databases for New York City Research including: the Heritage Preservation Project (which includes birth, marriage, and death/cemetery records for five NYC churches), the German Enemy database (for German born non-citizen of NYC c1914–17) and the Italian Genealogical Group databases.

Italy

Il Circolo Calabrese (ICC)
This is a free site. (Site is in English.) “Il Circolo Calabrese (ICC) is an international group of genealogists and historians interested in the study of Calabria.” This site offers a number of databases for pursuing family history research in Calabria.

Genealogy of the Jews in Italy
This is a free site. This site which is still under construction has a number of interesting databases related to the genealogy of Italian Jews. Select database from the sidebar and enter requested information.

Italian Ancestry
This is a free resource. This site owned and operated by Jenny Floro-Khalaf. The site is an excellent site if you want to learn about your Italian heritage. It is also a very good source for gaining the background necessary for exploring Italian resources. Most of the links on this site are for working on your Italian American ancestors rather than the Italian side of your family.

Italian Genealogical Group
This is a free site. “The Italian Genealogical Group is an organization dedicated to furthering Italian family history and genealogy. Although most members are from the New York City metropolitan area, our membership is worldwide.” The IGG hosts a number of useful databases for New York City Research including: Naturalization Records (including NYC, LI, and military naturalization), Vital Records (birth, marriage (searchable by bride or groom), and death for NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, and Suffolk - dates vary by area), Other Records (including Italian communes and surnames linked to Italy by locations). It also has two searchable databases: The Nassau County, NY - Naturalization Records (includes Camp Mills and Aviation Field #2) and Suffolk County, NY - Naturalization Records (includes Camp Upton).

Italian Genealogy Online
This is a free resource. This site owned and operated by Paula Nigro, the Editor of Italian Genealogy Online & all things Italian. The site is an excellent starting place to begin work on your Italian genealogy. It also links to the Italian- Genealogy Ring.

Italian Heritage and Genealogy Page
This is a free resource. This site owned and operated by Illya James D’Addezio. This site is well organized and well worth the visit if for their Passenger List.

Italian Heritage Website
This is a free resource. This site owned and operated The Italian Heritage. This site offers two databases. One provides information about Italian immigrants and the other offers information about Italian towns and villages.

Italy GenWeb
This is a free resource. This is a volunteer site. What is here is uploaded by volunteers in Italy. To locate Italian records, use the left sidebar and click on one of the record types under “Records.”

La Mappa dei Cognomi
This is a free site. (Only in Italian) This site is put together by the faculty of the University of Genova. While the site is only available in Italian it is relatively easy to use. Type your surname in the box in the left sidebar and it will indicate where that surname is present on the map in the center. Another database is available “Nomi” on the topbar and by typing your surname or better by clicking through the alphabet letters.

Pursuing Our Italian Names Together (POINT) This is a free site. The American Network of Italian Genealogy is an organization to assist Italian-Americans to explore their Italian Genealogical roots. The PIE area of the site offers a number of databases for research, including immigration, parish, and vital record.

Transcribed Vital Records of Italian Towns
This is a free resource. This site owned and operated by Mimi Boothby, an Italian American who has gone to great lengths to offer census information by region. This is an incredible place to search for your Italian ancestors.

Eastern European

Russia

Researching Russian Roots
A collection of hard to find links for doing genealogy in Russia and the former Soviet countries. Site claims additional resources in the “Russian Language” resource area.

Poland

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA)
This is a free site. This is the official site of the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) located in IL. It has a number of links for tracing Polish immigrants in America. Site also contains useful information for American descents of their Polish ancestors.

PolishGenWeb
This is a free site. This is a volunteer organization to assist the American descents of their Polish ancestors to exploration their Polish genealogy with Polish based resources. The site is not glitz-y but is a very good resource.

Polish Roots
This is a free site. This is a volunteer organization to assist the American descents of their Polish ancestors to begin their exploration of their Polish heritage. The site is not glitz-y but is a very good starting place for non-polish speaking researchers.

Jewish Genealogical

Chiune Sugihara Project - Holocaust Hero
This is a free site. It is the website of the Sugihara Project. It has a database of “the names and visa dates of 2,139 Polish, Lithuanian, German, Dutch and Russian Jews, all of whom were saved by passports from the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara.” Site also contains information about Sugihara, his wife and additional informational links. Added by JB - Last updated: 3/27/2008

Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island links to local, national, and international resources for search Jewish family roots.

JewishGen
This is a free site. JewishGen is called “The Home of Jewish Genealogy.” This is an extremely useful site to research Jewish Genealogy around the world, but especially in Germany and Eastern European countries. The site is also very useful in locating non-Jewish individuals from Eastern Europe. Once in the site, click on “databases” to see just how extensive this site is. The site also offers a fee-based option which opens even more resources (the fee-based option is definitely worth it if you are researching families - both Jewish and non-Jewish - in Eastern Europe). Added by JB - Last updated: 3/27/2008

Periodicals & Newspapers

Newspaper Archive
$$$ This is a fee-based site. This site includes historic newspaper from across the country as well as from the United Kingdom. Coverage begins in 1750s. Two subscriptions available monthly ($12/mo.) and annual ($72/yr).are It is the

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
This is a free site. It is a product of the Brooklyn Public Library. The papers are keyword searchable. Years covered: 1841–1902.

Harper’s Bazaar
This is a free site. It is a product of the New York Public Library Digital Project. The papers are keyword searchable. Years covered vary

Suffolk Historic Newspapers
This is a free site. It is the cooperative effort of 56 Suffolk County public libraries. The site current offers six Suffolk county historic newspapers, including: Corrector (Sag Harbor −1858–1871), Long Island Traveler (Cutchogue −1883–1893), Long Islander (Huntington −1839–1859), Port Jefferson Echo (Port Jefferson −1892–1904), and South Side Signal (Babylon −1870–1883).

Citing Genealogy

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation of Sources
    This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

It should be noted that there is a citation style specific to genealogy. This format was created by Elizabeth Shown Mills. If this style is required, it is recommended that you purchase one of her books. If, however, you have only one or two very basic citations or wish to learn more about Mills’ format, you may wish to check here. Board for Certification of Genealogists

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Last updated March 21, 2011, at 01:44 PM by sgt