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Mining Online Resources - V

Judith RempelWildRose Seminar - October 2001
by Judith Rempel, AFHS Webster
Top Ten - Researching a Place - Researching a Name - Researching a Record - Toolkit - Getting Started - Other Good Stuff
See also Computer Special Interest Group

The Top Ten

  1. Alberta Family Histories Society - 2,000 links to reviewed/recommended resource sites; (90% of data is for Alberta)
  2. - largest commercial genealogical resource with approximately 3,500 databases online (2-3 go online daily); 80% are US, but Canadian census materials are increasing
  3. Canada Data: Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry (AFHS) - links to 10,000 Canadian data sources
  4. Cyndi's List - most comprehensive collection of genealogical links (ca. 107,000) and well organized (hosted by
  5. - the internet arm of the largest genealogical source in the world (LDS)
  6. GenWeb - covers almost every country on the earth with genealogical tips, links and/or data
  7. Google - a search engine without parallel
  8. National Archives of Canada - charged with collecting Canada's history & actively adding to it's online data collections
  9. National Library of Canada - to locate details about all Canadian publications (including out of print or rare ones)
  10. - largest grassroots genealogical data warehouse; not easily navigated, but has millions of important nuggets
  11. Provincial Archives - list by National Archives of Canada
  12. Other Important sites hosted by AOL Genealogy Forum, FreeBMD,, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Obituary Daily Times, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, USGenWeb Project, WorldConnect, WorldGenWeb Project, plus thousands of Historical or Genealogical Societies and personal websites

Researching a Locality (Place)

General Maps

Street Maps

Surname Maps

Geographically Focussed Genealogical Guides

Other Sources of Locality Clues

Researching a Name

Gedcom Files Online

Collections of Personal Information

Engine Searches

When you conduct a search, play with advanced features to narrow out the unwanted hits. Try:
surname + family
surname + locality
suranme + religion

Genealogical Society Member Research Interests


Looking for a Vital (Birth or Death) or Other Record

Barriers - Birth and Marriage records are seen as very private because peson may be alive for 80 or 60 years after record is created.

Official Archive or Vital Registry Office

Immigration and Passenger Ship Records

Census Records

Military Records

Searching for the Right Genealogical Tool


Getting Started With Genealogy AND the Internet

Other Good Stuff


Talking Genealogy