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Recommended by Beverly Whitaker, professional genealogist

There are certain web sites which we all seem to use on a regular basis. But now and then, I see a site that does something just a bit different or appears to be particularly helpful. Perhaps on this list, you will find something with special appeal. Sometimes, instead of just a listing, I will tell you how you can make best use of the site.

Bookmark the sites to which you want to return because my recommendations will change from time to time.

Genealogy Search Help for Google
Using this can replace your "hit and miss" method of searching for an ancestor via Google


Family Tree Searcher. Here you'll find a search engine which allows you to search several genealogy sites at one time for listings to pursue:


The World Connect Project is a great place to deposit your family genealogy. It's also a super site to search for your ancestor in work being done by other genealogists. Use this to find new cousins and old ancestors:

Need charts? These look really nice because they are in PDF format. And they are free. So check them out.

More charts! Forms by Family Tree Magazine: A long list of forms and research aids that can be downloaded free and read and printed in either PDF or text format.) From their web site, read a description of each form and download individual forms:


Instructions for Creating Genealogical Charts:
Beginners in my classes always appreciated detailed instructions on how to fill out the two most basic forms used by genealogists--the Pedigree Chart and the Family Group Record. Go to this link and read my suggestions. You have permission to print one copy for your personal use; it is copyrighted material.


Family Relationship Chart: People have asked me for help in determining family relationships. Often the charts I've seen use abbreviations and are very crowded in order to show as many as 10 generations. I've designed one with only 5 generations which should be easier to use because it has words instead of abbreviations. It includes directions for how to use the chart. You can print the chart or save it to a file for use later on.



Numbering Systems have you puzzled? There is an excellent "Guide to Consecutive Chart Numbers" included in a set of web pages by Chris Stern.
1. Start by going to her welcome page:
2. Choose ENTER.
3. On the next page, choose GENEALOGY TUTORIALS near the bottom right.
4. Choose: A Guide to Consecutive Chart Numbering for 4 or 5 generation Pedigree Charts.



Calendar and Timeline Sites Genealogists need access to calendars of all sorts. Check these out:
10,000-year calendar
Calendars That Work
What happened on certain datedMarie Time Capsule
Help with Time and Dates
Quaker Dates
Calendar Zone
Calculate birth dates:
Day of Week Calculator
History Timelines:
Personalized Timelines:
Printable Calendar

Year Calendars, Holidays, Moon Phases, World Calendar


Need Form Letters? The Learning Center at offers three form letters to get you started with effective correspondence to institutions and family members.


The Ellis Island site (American Family Immigration History Center) Start out by entering the name of a

passenger who came to America through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.

Castle Gardens America's first immigration site

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild "Bringing Our Ancestors Home; Reuniting Our Families"


Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records

Listing of City Directories The1930 census has alerted us to the usefulness of City Directories. They are a significant source of urban information, not just in connection with the census.

The International Society of Genetic Genealogy Explore the relationship of DNA Testing to family geneology.

The Official Federal Land Patent Records Site The new Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. It also offers image access to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Also, images of Serial patents (land titles issued between 1908 and the mid-1960's) are currently being added to this web site.


Professional Research. If you choose at some point to hire a professional researcher, may I suggest that you take time to view a helpful resource on the Internet, "So You're Going to Hire a Professional Genealogist," which you can reach from the home page of the Association of Professional Genealogists at: Give attention also to the directory of professionals at that site. Find a directory of certified researchers and a description of the certification process at the web site of the Board for Certification of Genealogists at: ICAPGen is the designation for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Its Accredited Genealogist and AG Listings are available at:


The Soundex Machine at the National Archives Site properly codes your surnames in preparation for census searches.


Glossary. You're going to find words you've never heard of, and you'll want to know what they mean. You may find the answer online, choosing from these categories: Abbreviations, Illnesses, Occupations, Terms:


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My wish for you is that you will find much satisfaction in identifying your ancestry,
and in the process, come to appreciate your special heritage. ~~ Beverly Whitaker

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