Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - Use Linkpendium's Genealogy Search Engines

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Use the focused County, State and Surname search engines on www.Linkpendium.com.

Many genealogy and family history researchers use the links on the front page of www.Linkpendium.com to search for links to information.  Linkpendium says:

"Linkpendium's goal is to index every genealogy, geneology, :) family history, family tree, surname, vital records, biography, or otherwise genealogically-related site on the Internet. PLEASE HELP! When you find a useful new resource, go to the right Linkpendium page and click on the "Add your favorite Websites to this page" link. Thanks from all of us at Linkpendium!"

Linkpendium now has "State-by-State Search Engines" at http://searches.linkpendium.com/websearch.html.  There are actually three Search boxes here:

*  A County search - input a County name and a state abbreviation (the two-digit code; e.g., CA, TX, WI). If you input a County, you have to input the state abbreviation.

*  A State search - input only the state abbreviation to obtain links to state genealogy web sites.

* A Surname Search that provides state-by-state links (and county-by-county links if there are a significant number of different counties).

Although a City search field is provided, it doesn't seem to work, at least for the ones I tried.

The County search is the real gem in this search.  The results are categorized by subject and show the source of the link in parentheses.  Subscription sites like Ancestry.com and Footnote.com are denoted with a $ sign. 

The Surname search also provides a categorized list, and also links to web pages with the surname by state. 

This Linkpendium search engine has tremendous potential to help researchers quickly find useful genealogy information for specific counties, states and surnames.

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