Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Some sites I visit often...Ok daily

I am not currently taking any official courses but I still find that there are too few hours in the day. Most of my day is spent on the computer working on whatever I feel like working on that day. It could be looking up info on a specific family group or branch or it could be researching the field in general. I look for sites that give info on educational opportunities and information about upcoming conferences that I may be able to go to, and info on how to hone my skills, and info on new databases or new transcriptions and indexes online. The BCG site, at http://www.bcgcertification.org/, is always a popular site to visit as well as that of the National Genealogy Society located at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/. Both are great to check up on because they have so much information available. The BCG site has a skillbuilding section with references to helpful articles. My favorite part of the NGS site is being able to download the articles. I didn't find out about the NGS until last year so having the ability to access articles prior to my joining NGS is really allowing me to get caught up in a way. The other site that I can pretty much count on visiting on a daily basis is http://www.ancestry.com/. I could spent hours, and sometimes do, trolling around that site checking and double checking for records. Census, passport, newspapers, oh my!
Another useful site for genealogists looking for information is http://www.familysearch.org/. From there, you are able to search for ancestors, check out the microfilms available to order from the LDS, and even view scanned images of original documents through their record search pilot located at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start. A listing of their available records is available by clicking on the location you're interested in. The Philadelphia cemetery return records available through that site are one of my favorites!

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