My Toolbox

Welcome to my genealogical toolbox where I store resources I've discovered during my hunt for ancestors and the stories of their lives.  Feel free to use these tools for your research.  Suggested additions always welcome!

ANCESTRY.COM
  1. Ancestry's New Image Viewer - Hidden Features
BACKUP
BLOGGING AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA
  1. 101 Ways to Promote Your Next Blog Post
  2. 300+ Free Internet Resources You Should Know About
  3. Apps to Make Your Blog Writing Suck Less
  4. Can You Use That Copyrighted Picture?
  5. Checklist to Optimize your Blog Content Creation 
  6. Hidden Features for your Favorite Social Networks
  7. How to Create Engaging Images for Social Media
  8. Optimizing Blog Images
  9. Pairing FamilySearch and Pinterest for Family History
  10. Prevent Blogger from Redirecting your Blogspot
  11. Social Media Cheat Sheet - Key Image Sizes
  12. Top 10 Sources for Free Images
  13. Twitter: What is a Hashtag/How to Use it for Genealogy
  14. Using TinyPNG to Reduce Blog Image Size
BOOKS
  1. Genealogy Book Link
  2. Redbook - American State, County & Town Sources
BUYING GUIDES

CENSUS
  1. 1940 U.S. Federal Census Form Fillable 
  2. Census Templates in Excel 
  3. Census Tick Marks and Codes Revisited 
  4. Deciphering Census Columns with Tick Marks 
  5. Industry Schedules - hidden source for farming ancestors
  6. Missing Census or Missing Family: Legacy Tree Genealogists Answer
  7. Thematic Census Data Maps
CHURCH RESEARCH
  1. Discovering Church Records at FHL and BYU FHL, Part 1
  2. Discovering Church Records at FHL and BYU FHL, Part 2
  3. Discovering Church Records at FHL and BYU FHL, Part 3
CITING SOURCES
  1. Citing FamilySearch Collections
  2. Citing Images How-to
  3. Citing Records in the National Archives--U.S.
  1. FamilySearch Learning Center
  2. Illinois State Genealogical Society
  3. Legacy Family Tree Webinars
  4. Ohio State Genealogical Society Webinars
  5. Southern California Genealogical Society Webinars
FBI - FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

FEDERAL LAWS ONLINE
  1. LOC American Memory, public, private laws 1789-1875
  2. Law Library of Congress, public laws 1789-1950
  3. U.S. Govt Printing Ofc, public, private laws 1951-2011
  4. U.S. Congress, public, private laws 1973-2016
GENERAL RESEARCH
  1. 47 Alternatives to Wikipedia
  2. About.com - Genealogy 
  3. Ancestry.com
  4. Archives.com
  5. Cyndi's List
  6. FamilySearch.org
  7. Fold3.com
  8. Genealogy Trails
  9. Olive Tree Genealogy
  10. Rootsweb
  11. USGenWeb Archives
GERMAN RESEARCH
  1. German Genealogy - Q and A Hour, YouTube
  2. German Research Tips by Family Tree Tours
  3. http://grabsteine.genealogy.net/
  4. Living in the Past - see German research tips
  5. Der Genealogue
  6. East and West Prussia Gazateer
HANDWRITING
  1. German Script Translator  - from Discovering Latvian Roots
INTERVIEWING

IMMIGRATION
  1. Ship Transcribers Guild
LAND
  1. California Land Research Aid
  2. Registry of Historic Places 
  3. Tract Records, North Dakota, State Historical Society
  4.  Laws that Shaped L.A. - Rancho Owners
LIBRARIES
  1. Allen County Indiana Genealogy Center
  2. BYU Family History Library
  3. BYU Hawaii Library
  4. Digital Public Library of America
  5. FamilySearch Books
  6. Genealogy Gophers
  7. Google Books and About.com article
  8. HathiTrust Digital Library also
  9. Houston Public Library - Clayton Lib Ctr Gene Res
  10. How to Best Research in Libraries
  11. Internet Archives
  12. Library of Congress
  13. Mid-Continent Pub Lib - Midwest Genealogy Ctr, Missouri
  14. Newberry Library
  15. Registry of Historic Places 
  16. Repositories of Primary Sources
  17. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
  18. State Library of Ohio
  19. WorldCat
LOCATIONS OF MY ANCESTORS

   Arizona
  1. Sharlot Hall Museum Archives in Prescott
    California
  1. Ancestry.com-California Historical Records 
  2. California Historical Society
  3. California Sites for Historical Photos
  4. California State Archives
  5. California State Library Picture Collection
  6. CAGenWeb
  7. Covina Argus Newspaper
  8. Historical Society of Southern California
  9. Los Angeles City Archives
  10. Los Angeles Conservancy -Sanborn Map Info 
  11. Los Angeles County Recorder/County Clerk [Death Records]
  12. Los Angeles Public Library Research Guide: House History
  13. Los Nietos Rootsweb post
  14. Sanborn Map Reels Los Angeles County 
  15. San Francisco Genealogy
  16. Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society
  17. Sacramento German Genealogical Society
  18. Southern California Genealogical Society
  19. Whittier Public Library - digital collections
Germany. Prussia, Poland
Illinois
  1. Chicago Resources
  2. See City Directories above
 Iowa
  1. Iowa Genealogical Society
  2. Iowa Online Historical Photos
Kansas
  1. Online Historical Photo Research
Kentucky
  1. Kentucky County Court Records Online
  2. Kentucky Digital Library
  3. Kentucky Online Historical Photo Research
Minnesota
Missouri
  1. Gone to Missouri - reference guide
  2. Missouri Digital History
Nebraska
  1. Million Pieces of History
  2. National Monument of America-Homestead Land Entry Case Files 
  3. Nebraska State Research Guide 
  4. Online Historical Photo Research
North Dakota
  1. North Dakota State University Archives
  2. North Dakota State University Archives Genealogy/Biography 
  3. State Historical Society of North Dakota
Ohio
  1. Adams County GenWeb
  2. Clinton County Historical/Genealogical Society
  3. Columbus Metropolitan Library-Genealogy Collection 
  4. Highland County Genealogical Society
  5. Ohio Memory
  6. Ohio Obituary Index
  7. Ohio State Genealogical Society
  8. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  9. Research Guide - Ohio
  10. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
  11. State Library of Ohio
  12. Warren County Genealogical Society
  13. Western Reserve Historical Society 
Scotland
MAPS
  1. 5 Types of Maps Every Genealogist Should Know
  2. DIY Historical Map Overlays in Google Earth 
  3. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries 
  4. Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
  5. Geogen German Surname Mapping
  6. Historical Atlases and Maps of U.S. and States
  7. Maps on Ancestry.com
  8. The National Map - USGS Topographical Map
  9. NYPL Digital Collection
  10. NYPL Digital Collection - how to use
  11. Parcel Maps, an introduction
  12. Transportation Maps
  13. Western Railroad Map
  14. United States Digital Map Library
MEMBERSHIP ACCESS

MILITARY

NEWSPAPERS
  1. 7 Ways to Get Latest abt Genea & Newspapers
  2. 10 Best Free Online Historical Newspapers
  3. 10 Clever Ways to Find More Ancestor Articles While Searching Old Newspapers
  4. 100 New Free Online Historical Newspapers
  5. The Ancestor Hunt 
  6. Colorado Historic Newspapers
  7. Enhanced Google News Archives 
  8. Google Newspaper Archives
  9. Historical Newspapers Online 
  10. Historical U.S. Newspapers Online 
  11. ICON Newspaper Digitization Projects
  12. National Digital Newspaper Program
  13. National Digital Newspaper Program - EOGN 
  14. NewspaperCat 
  15. Newspapers.com
  16. Wikipedia List of Online Newspaper Archives
ORGANIZATIONS
  1. "Grand Lodge" +Freemasonry [seach Internet Archives]
  2. "Grand Lodge" +Masons [search Internet Archives]
  3. Masonic Library and Museum Association
  4. Mason Post
ORGANIZING
  1. Article from FamilySearch Wiki
PHOTOGRAPHS
  1. Articles about Photos by the Ancestor Hunter 
  2. 10 Ways to Compare Ancestor Photos with Software
  3. How to Use Metadata
  4. Putting Names to Faces 
  5. Top 10 Sources for Free Images
  6. Use TinyPNG to Reduce Blog Image Size
RESEARCH STRATEGIES
  1. Founders Online - search for Cresap

SEARCH ENGINES
  1. 10 Unexpected Places to Find Family History Online
  2. 100 Search Engines For Academic Research
  3. Best Tools for Finding Information When Google Isn't Enough
  4. DuckDuckGo - Search Tricks That Don't Work on Google
SCANNING
  1. Book Photography Stand 
  2. How to Scan an Elephant 
SCHOOL RESEARCH
  1. 10 Ways to Find School Records for Genealogy
  2. 11 Places to Find Your Ancestors in School Records
  3. School Census Records for Genealogy
  1. 9 Planning Tips for Visiting the Family History Library  
  2. Tips - Research Trip to the Family History Library
  3. Dear Myrtle YouTube Tips Research at the Family History Library
  4. Tips for Visiting NARA DC, a personal view
  5. Evernote and the Family History Traveler
  6. Travel and Research Resources, Cyndi's List

TIMELINES
  1. Our Timelines
WIKIs
  1. Ancestry.com
  2. FamilySearch.org
WRITING
  1. Adding Historical Context 
  2. Scrivener Videos by The Armchair Genealogist
  3. Scrivener: Organize a Writing Project
  4. Scrivener Guide by Make Use Of
  5. Scrivener/Evernote Collaboration 
  6. Writing With Style

OTHER STUFF
  1. Tiny Url - convert long url to short url
  2. Wordle -- create word clouds

2 comments:

  1. This is an incredibly informative and helpful list Denise. What a great idea. Thanks for posting it.

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    1. Thanks Diane! I credit Thomas MacEntee for identifying the advantages of a genealogy toolbox. It's a great place to park and access resources and especially share them with readers. --D

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