Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Top 10 Genealogy Sites

It's Saturday Night and time to share some Genealogy Fun around the genea-blogosphere.

One of the fads on Facebook is Top 5 lists - 5 favorite Disney characters, 5 things I can grab where I'm sitting, 5 jobs I've had, etc.

Let's do a Top Ten list of Favorite Genealogy Web Sites. These can be record databases, data portals, how-to sites, family trees, software, entertainment, blogs, etc. Your choice, your opinion - what educates, helps, or entertains you in your genealogy quest for a big GEDCOM file?

Here are mine (in approximate order):

1. www.ancestry.com - record databases, family trees, learning center, DNA
2. www.footnote.com - unique Archives content, Footnote pages
3. www.familysearch.org - IGI, AF, Record Search, FHLC catalog
4. www.usgenweb.org - state and county web pages, projects, archives
5. www.rootsweb.com - databases, WorldConnect database, boards, lists, free web pages

6. www.newenglandancestors.org - databases, publications, education
7. www.cyndislist.com - organized links!!! to everything genealogy
8. www.eogn.com - news and commentary blog and forum
9. www.rootstelevision.com - genealogy videos - love them!
10. www.werelate.org - family tree wiki - I wish more sites did this!

I could easily do a Top 50 I think, but I won't.

Tell us yours - either post your list in comments on this post or on your own blog.

If we get enough participation, I will catalog the results in a blog post.

I may do this one every six months or so just to see how the list changes.

12 comments:

Terri O'Connell said...

Thanks Randy,

Posted mine at http://researchingoconnells.wordpress.com/

Greta Koehl said...

Great idea, Randy. And you are right - it would be easy to come up with a top 50. I was surprised at how important locality-based sites are (state archives, county Genweb sites, local libraries and genealogy societies, etc.). I call these my "speed-dial" sites and should just move them all to their own separate folder under my genealogy bookmarks.

Greta Koehl said...

Oops - I forgot to mention; my Top 10 are listed at http://gretabog.blogspot.com/.

Valerie C. said...

Here's mine: http://beginwithcraft.blogspot.com

Gena Philibert Ortega said...

Mine can be found at, http://philibertfamily.blogspot.com/2009/05/my-top-10-genealogy-websites.html.

Thanks for the great idea, Randy!

Gena

SCHELLY TALALAY DARDASHTI said...

A great idea, Randy. I'm working on mine!

Schelly

TorillJ said...

This is my list:
1. Norwegian digital archive
2. Tumbstones in Norway
3. Genealogical reesources (Norwegian mainly)
4. The Norwegian Historical Data Centre
5. Ancestry
6. Hendricks Family Tree Project
7. MNHS.org
8. Norwegian-American Geneological Center
9. FamilySearch
10. Rootsweb

It will be published in my blog tomorrow in Norwegian, but with links on all these good genealogical pages. You will find my blog here: http://www.disnorge.no/lederblog/

SCHELLY TALALAY DARDASHTI said...

Here's Tracing the Tribe's list:
http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com/2009/05/challenge-top-10-genealogy-web-sites.html

Schelly

John said...

Here's my list:

http://transylvaniandutch.blogspot.com/2009/05/top-ten-genealogy-sites.html

Laila Christiansen said...

Could not resist
here is my list
http://lailanc.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

I've used all of these except WeRelate.org. I'll have to check that one out. I really love NewEnglandAncestors.org for their database of Massachusetts vital records from 1840-1910. That has helped me break through to the next generation on several hard-to-trace lines!

Stephanie at the Irish Genealogical Research blog

Professor Dru said...

Here are my 10 favorite websites: http://findyourfolks.blogspot.com/2009/05/my-10-favorite-genealogy-websites.html