Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday's Tip - Use Linkpendium.com

Today's Tuesday's Tip is to use the Linkpendium website (http://www.linkpendium.com/) to search for record collections in localities (countries, states/provinces, counties, over 1 million links) and for surnames (over 8 million links), organized in logical fashion and that load quickly.  These are not the actual records, but links to the records.

If you choose a state (say, New Jersey), you will then have a choice of choosing statewide resources or resources for a specific county.  I chose Sussex County, NJ, and there are 493 links on the page in many categories.  There are links to records on other websites, such as Rootsweb.com, USGenWeb.org, Ancestry.com, Footnote.com, WorldVitalRecords.com, etc. 

For Surnames, from the Linkpendium home page, you choose the first letter of the surname, then on the next page you choose from an alphabetical list with two or three letters (e.g., for Carringer, you choose C, then Car from the list), and then find the surname of interest.  There were over 30,000 names on the Car list!  I selected Carringer, and there are 19 links for this surname, including links to FindAGrave.com, OneGreatFamily.com family trees, Message Boards and Mailing Lists, Maps and Gazetteers, surname searches in online databases, and specific websites devoted to the surname. 

One of the neat features of Linkpendium is that anybody can suggest links to Linkpendium.  They have a link to Add your favorite websites to the specific locality or specific surname pages. 

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