Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Online Research strategy for Russell Smith

I tried to get organized yesterday in my Russell Smith search, and started going down my Online Research form list, which needed revision. I thought others might be interested in my revised list.

My Online Research strategy is to search databases with the names of Russell, David, Lyman and George Smith in specific localities - Rhode Island (unknown County) and New York (Oneida and Jefferson Counties) - in the 1740-1840 time frame.

Here is my Online Research database list -

1) Search the LDS http://www.familysearch.org/ Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File (free) for member-contributed data.

2) Search the LDS http://www.familysearch.org/ International Genealogical Index (IGI) (free) for extracted or submitted data.

3) Search the Rootsweb WorldConnect http://wc.rootsweb.com/ user-contributed databases (free) for data on the given names in the specific counties in the 1750-1850 time frame.

4) Search the Ancestry http://www.ancestry.com/ user-contributed Family Tree databases ($$, free at some FHCs) - One World Tree and Public Member databases, but not Ancestry World Tree, since that is in the WorldConnect database.

5) Search the GenCircles http://www.gencircles.com user-contributed databases (free).

6) Search the We Relate http://WeRelate.org user-contributed databases (free).

7) Search the My Heritage http://www.MyHeritage.com user-contributed databases (free).

8) Search the Genealogy.com http://www.genealogy.com user contributed World Family Tree database ($$, many on CDs at libraries).

9) Search the Genealogy.com Family Finder at http://www.genealogy.com/ (free) (enter name in search box) for user-contributed reports.

10) Search the Rootsweb Freepages at http://freepages.rootsweb.com/directory/genealogy.html/ (free) for user-contributed reports.

11) Search the Rootsweb Web Sites at http://www.rootsweb.com/~websites/ (free) for user-contributed reports.

12) Search the Ancestry Historical Records at http://www.ancestry.com ($$, free at some FHCs and libraries), especially census, vital military, land and court records.

13) Search the Ancestry Stories and Publications collection at http://www.ancestry.com/ ($$, free at some FHCs and libraries).

14) Search using the MyHeritage Search engine at http://www.myheritage.com/FP/Company/myheritage-research.php (free, links to $$ sites).

15) Search the surname and locality book collection at HeritageQuestOnline (free at FHCs and some libraries, free at home with a participating library card).

16) Search Google Books at http://books.google.com (free).

17) Search all Rootsweb databases at http://searches.rootsweb.com/ (free).

18) Search the USGenWeb archives at http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/newsearch.htm (free).

19) Search the USGenWeb State and county web sites at http://www.USGenWeb.org (free). Review the resources available there, especially the vital records, cemetery transcriptions, Bible records, etc.

20) Search the USGenNet user-contributed databases at http://www.usgennet.org/search/ (free).

21) Search the PERSI (PERiodical Source Index) on HeritageQuestOnline (free at FHCs and some libraries, free at home with participating library card).

22) Search the Rootsweb/Ancestry surname and locality message boards at http://boards.rootsweb.com/ (free). Post messages on these boards to try to draw responses from other researchers.

23) Search the GenForum surname and locality message boards at http://genforum.genealogy.com/ (free). Post messages on these boards to try to draw responses from other researchers.

24) Search the Rootsweb mailing list archives at http://lists.rootsweb.com/ (free). Subscribe to some of the mailing lists and post messages there.

25) Search the Google Web at www.google.com (free) - especially on genealogy researcher web pages.

26) Search the University of Michigan "Making of America" database at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/ (free).

27) Search the BYU "Family History Archive" book database at http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/ (free).

28) Search the New England Historic Genealogical Society databases ($$, free at some libraries) - especially the NEHGRegister archives, the Early American Newspapers, and the NY Will Abstracts 1787-1835.

29) Search the Footnote databases on www.Footnote.com ($$, free search, free at FHC and some libraries) especially the Revolutionary War Pension files and other military records.

30) Search the databases at www.WorldVitalRecords.com ($$, free at FHC and some libraries) especially the historical newspapers, surname and locality books and Everton databases.

31) Search the databases at www.GenealogyBank.com ($$, free at some libraries), especially the historical newspapers.

32) Submit a request to the DAR Patriot Index at http://www.dar.org/natsociety/pi_lookup.cfm and search the GRC National Index at http://grc.dar.org/dar/darnet/grc/grc.cfm?Action=New_Search (free).

33) Search the cemetery sites http://www.interment.net/ and http://www.findagrave.com/ (free)

34) Search the http://www.genealogytoday.com/ database indexes ($$, free search)

35) Search Olive Tree Genealogy at http://www.OliveTreeGenealogy.com (free, links to $$).

36) Search free online data portals, such as www.Linkpendium.com, www.AncestorHunt.com, www.AccessGenealogy.com, www.supersurnamesearch.com (free, links to $$ sites).

Note that this list does not cover the "traditional" resources found at repositories - libraries, genealogy societies, historical societies, museums, courthouses, and the like. That's another list!

I have updated this list in the past several months. If you have a suggestion for a user-contributed database or a useful web site with databases or information, especially for New York, please let me know in Comments or via email (rjseaver@cox.net).


MrDolomite said...

This is one of the best listings of online databases for genealogy research. Definitely going to use it to track down some of my missing relatives. Thanks!

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

I think you've already looked at the links I have for Jefferson Co and NY.

Whenever I search the Univ. of Michigan MOA I also search the Cornell MOA. Cornell also has The New York Historical Literature Collection.

Donna said...

I usually do a run-down through these various sites, too, but I've never written it down as a systematic approach. This is a great list to use as a reference for searching - thanks!