Sunday, April 22, 2007

USGenWeb Special Projects

During his talk at the CGSSD meeting on Saturday, Alan Jones mentioned the "Special Projects" sponsored and hosted at If you click other "projects" link on the header on the opening page, you get This provides an index for all of the projects. There are many that I was not aware of.

The list includes:

1) The USGenWeb Archives Project - The USGenWeb Digital Library (Archives) was developed to present actual transcriptions of public domain records on the Internet.

2) The USGenWeb Family Group Sheet Project - The USGenWeb FGS Project is designed to help researchers locate family lines through online Family Group Sheets, benefiting from research already done by others who wish to share.

3) The USGenWeb African American Griots Project - The USGenWeb African American Griots Project is dedicated to assisting all of those in pursuit of their African American ancestry by being a central depository for African American records of historical proportion.

4) The USGenWeb Genealogical Events Project - The USGenWeb Genealogical Events Project is here for the purpose of providing a place to list Genealogical Events that are taking place across the country.

5) The USGenWeb Kidz Project - The USGenWeb Kidz Project is designed to help kids learn their way around genealogical research.

6) The USGenWeb Lineage Project - The USGenWeb Lineage Project is designed for the purpose of providing a place to list researchers who are looking for descendants of one particular ancestor who must have lived in the US at one time and must have been born before December 31 1850.

7) The USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project - The USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project was started to encourage people to walk cemeteries and donate copies of the surveys to The USGW Archives.

8) The USGW Digital Map Library - The USGenWeb digital map library is to make available to genealogists, useful, readable, high quality maps.

9) The Pension Project - This project will endeavor to provide actual transcriptions of Pension related materials for all Wars prior to 1900.

10) Online Census Images Project - Provide census records - some have come from publishers of census records.

11) Church Records Project - Provide church records.

12) Marriage Records Project - Provide actual transcriptions of Marriage Applications, and other Marriage Records.

13) Obituary Project - Newspapers have given permission to archive published obituaries to help researchers.

14) Immigration and Naturalization Project - provide transcriptions of immigration and naturalization records.

15) Special Collections Project - Items that don't fit in the other projects, such as scanned books.

Most of us are familiar with the records found on the USGenWeb State and County sites - many of those records have been provided as a result of these projects.

USGenWeb needs more volunteers to support these projects - please support them! tells you how to volunteer. Look through the list of cemeteries that have NOT been transcribed and volunteer to contribute to the Tombstone Project. Or submit your material (probably hiding in your computer already) to the Group Sheet Project, Lineage Project, or whatever other project strikes your fancy.

Are you just getting started in genealogy research? There is a great set of "how-to" articles at

Lastly, what about a search capability for all of these records? There is one at that searches all of the USGenWeb Archives.

USGenWeb is one of the jewels in the FREE genealogy world - I urge you to use it and contribute to it.

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