Thursday, July 15, 2010

Favorite Genealogy Websites

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings suggested participating in the same poll the NEHGS is giving its members.
Namely, to rank 8 websites in their importance to our research.  Here are the 8 in my order of use.
  1. Ancestry
  2. FamilySearch
  3. Google
  4. Rootsweb
  5. Footnote 
  6. New England Ancestors (The New England Historic Genealogical Society) 
  7. USGenWeb 
  8. World Vital Records
I wonder when these polls will stop listing Ancestry and Rootsweb separately. Perhaps they need to be to separate subscription from free services.  But it is still basically the same website.

I should note that I don't use New England Ancestors, but when it comes time for me to put some additional effort into researching my New England roots, I'm likely to subscribe.

Also...FamilySearch is on its way to making a battle for #1.

Other websites that would be on my list

3.1 St. Louis County Library (which gives me home access to NewspaperArchive, Missouri and Illinois Sanborn Maps, the St. Louis Post Dispatch 1874-1922. and a lot more.)
3.2 GenealogyBank (for their collection of obituaries)
3.3 Missouri Digital Heritage (Missouri vital record databases, naturalizations, and more)
3.4 FindAGrave
3.5 JewishGen

And adding these five, pushes NEHGS, USGenWeb and WorldVitalRecords off of my top ten list.


Greta Koehl said...

Agree that FamilySearch is going to give Ancestry a run for their money and also on New England Ancestors - don't use it now, but probably will eventually for the one line that came from there.

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