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Dave Naylor's & Bernie Bradner's

Useful Genealogy Links

This page was created to provide a list of handy genealogy links to students in a class that Dave Naylor co-teaches with Bernie Bradner to beginning genealogy researchers.  We hope you find these useful to your research and learning.


 
Programs:

Get a really good genealogy program (actually, we believe it's the best!).  The Standard Edition is completely free.
      Download Legacy

GeDStrip is a program Dave wrote which uses a standard GeDCom to generate genealogy web pages showing the non-living individuals in your family tree.  This program is intended as an aid to contact others researching the same lines as yourself.  Go to the GeDStrip download page.
If you wish to place a complete family tree on the web then use the Legacy Family Tree program instead.

 
Research Guides:

RootsWeb's Genealogy Guides.  Very comprehensive guides to genealogy research in various areas.

RootsWeb's Index Page.  One of the best guides to Web resources for genealogy research, but may be a bit daunting to the first-time visitor.

The LDS Family Search Wiki.  An excellent guide to Web resources for genealogy research.  Contains links to informative "How to" pages and research tools as well as a ""Search" box.  Place your research location in the Search box and you'll likely get hundreds of hits to assist your research, and you may just find the clues you need to make that breakthrough.

 
Mailing Lists:

RootsWeb's Mailing Lists.  Subscribe (free) to some of these discussion groups for the areas/surnames that fit with your research.  You will then get e-mails from others discussing their research for the same areas/surnames.  Many will also help with suggestions, look-ups, etc.

RootsWeb's Mailing List Archive.  Browse, or search, through previous discussion group messages to see which group is the right one for you, or to see if there are any previous messages of interest.  Search a specific list or all at once.  Try searching for your surname or other keywords of interest to see if mentioned.

 
Genealogy Databases:

RootsWeb's World Connect.  Search other people's on-line family trees to see if they have a connection with your research.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites.  An excellent informational site with the links that aren't here!

Olive Tree Genealogy.  An excellent site with on-line databases — especially useful for Canadian research.

GenealogyLinks.Net.  Links for many countries including the UK and Canada.

Search the 1880 USA, and the 1881 Canadian and British censuses all at once or individually using the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (Mormons') database.

Search the latest L.D.S. database.  This is the latest Latter-day Saints' (Mormons') database of vital and census records that is available to non-members.

Search the L.D.S. I.G.I.  This site permits a search of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (Mormons') International Genealogical Index.  Which is a database of birth/christening, marriage and death/burial records from around the world.

Hugh Wallis' I.G.I. Batch Numbers.  A site to simplify searching complete families in North America and the British Isles using the above I.G.I.

The Obituary Daily Times index.  Search this index of Canadian and U.S.A. newspaper obituaries to discover which newspapers may have items of interest.

LinkPendium – The Definitive Directory.  A huge listing of surname and locality links.

Price & Associates Links.  A huge listing of genealogy links for America and Europe.

Miscellaneous Internet Databases.  Lots of genealogy data reside on the Internet, much of it being on RootsWeb's FreePages.
Use this search tool, provided by Randy Majors, to eliminate much of the chaff from your Google searches.

 
Canadian Databases:

Library and Archives Canada.  Introductory web page.

Library and Archives Canada  –  Genealogy Centre Databases.  Government of Canada's genealogy databases available to researchers.

Library and Archives Canada  –  Index to Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865).  Discover the microfilm(s) containing Land Petitions of interest and then order the microfilm(s) via Inter-Library Loan.

Library and Archives Canada  –  Canada Gazette.  Government of Canada's official newspaper of record for all government announcements, including: naturalization lists, federal divorce applications, promotion lists of senior civil servants, military promotion lists for World Wars I and II, and landowner lists for select cities.

GenealogyLinks.Net.  More links for Canadian genealogy.

inGeneas Canadian Roots.  A good site for early Canadian data.

Ontario Genealogical Society's Cemetery Index Search.  A searchable database of cemetery transcriptions indexed by branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society.  Note:  This database contains some records not available from the following O.C.F.A. web site.

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid.  A searchable database of names found on Ontario gravestones.  This database does not include most of Toronto area's cemeteries.  Note that finding a name here does not necessarily mean that the person is buried in the named cemetery.  For example, parents' names mentioned on a child's gravestone, as well as spouses' names, are included in this database but the parents and spouses may be buried elsewhere.
Note:  This database contains some records not available from the above O.G.S. web site.

McGill University's Surname Search of 1874–1881 Ontario Historical Atlases.  On-line search of surnames found on county maps contained in Ontario's Historical Atlases.  The maps can be viewed on-line and downloaded.  Some atlases contain biographical and other data about more-prominent families.  The Historical Atlases are available at many Ontario libraries.

1851 Canada East (Quebec), Canada West (Ontario), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Censuses.  On-line geographic search.
Index to the 1851 New Brunswick Census.  An index and transcription to the above 1851 census for New Brunswick.

1853 Toronto Tax Assessment Rolls.  A searchable index used in place of the missing 1851/2 Toronto census to locate "heads" of families — but contains no family information.

1871 Canadian Census.  Search and view the on-line 1871 Canadian Census pages using Library and Archives Canada's web site.

1881 Canadian Census.  Search and view the on-line 1881 Canadian Census pages using Library and Archives Canada's web site.
Actually, it may be better to use the L.D.S. search engine to locate your individuals, and then use that data to locate and view the census page at Archives Canada.

1891 Canadian Census.  Search and view the on-line 1891 Canadian Census pages using Library and Archives Canada's web site.

1901 Canadian Census.  On-line census pages — but you first need to know the location of the family!  Or . . . . .
Index to the 1901 Canadian Census.  An index and transcription to the above 1901 census.

1906 Alberta, Manitoba & Saskatchewan Census.  On-line census pages — but again, like the 1901, you need to know the location of the family!

1911 Canadian Census.  On-line census pages — but you first need to know the location of the family!  Or . . . . .
Index to the 1911 Canadian Census.  An index and transcription to the above 1911 census   (click on a Province to search by surname).

Ontario GenWeb Census Project — for all other Ontario censuses.  First select the County/District then click on a tab to select the census year.  It's getting there but there's still lots more to be done.  They need more volunteers to transcribe data from microfilms — hint!

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics.  Searchable birth, marriage and death registrations for non-living individuals.

New Brunswick Vital Statistics.  Searchable birth, marriage and death registrations from 1800 to 1959 in various databases.  This web site also has data from land records, military, immigration, directories, cemeteries, newspapers, and other sources.

The Ontario Vital Statistics Project.  A "work-in-progress" index of Ontario registrations of births, marriages and deaths, plus indexes for Canadian censuses.

Manitoba Vital Statistics.  Searchable registrations of births (>100 years ago), marriages (>80 years ago) and deaths (>70 years ago).

Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.  Searchable registrations of births (>100 years ago), marriages (>75 years ago) and deaths (>70 years ago).

British Columbia Archives databases.  Searchable registrations of births (1872–1903), baptisms (1836–1888), marriages (1872–1933), colonial marriages (1859–1872), and deaths (1872–1988).
British Columbia Archives databases — similar site to the above but with some different results and with graphic files.

U.B.C's Historical Newspapers.  The University of British Columbia's collection of 24 historical newspapers from across the province — 45,000 pages, ranging from the Abbotsford Post to the Nelson Tribune and dates from 1865 to 1924.  Articles are not limited to B.C.  Fully searchable by keyword, date and/or newspaper title.  Pages can be downloaded in graphic or PDF formats.

Canada GenWeb.  Click on the Canadian map here for links to provincial information and various data files.

Our Ontario Discovery Portal — search on-line through a multitude of Ontario records, newspapers, images, videos, etc.

Ask a Toronto Librarian.  Get a free lookup for Toronto — useful for getting an address from a directory for those census searches.

Kindred Trails.  More links to Canadian resources and data.

 
British Isles Databases:

GenUKI.  A web starting point for UK and Irish genealogy.

British Census Indexes, Transcripts, and Images available on-line or on CD.  Daniel Morgan's listing of British census availability by county.

Search the 1881 British census using the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (Mormons') database.

1901 Census of England & Wales.  On-line search of 1901 census data.  A fee is payable to view the actual page, but this site can be used to find individuals and provide partial information without payment.

1901 Census of Ireland.  On-line search of 1901 & 1911 census data and view census pages.

1911 Census of England & Wales.  Free on-line search of 1911 census and then a fee payable to view the census pages.

1911 Census of Ireland.  On-line search of 1901 & 1911 census data and view census pages.

FreeCEN   Search.  UK census data for 1841 through 1891.  This is a work in progress and new volunteers to transcribe data are always welcome.

FreeREG   Search.  England, Wales, and Scotland Parish Register data for baptisms, marriages and burials of mostly pre-1837 records.  This is a fairly recent project and more volunteers are needed to transcribe data at home for this growing database.

FreeBMD   Search.  England and Wales civil registration index information for births, marriages, and deaths for the period 1837 to 1983.

FindMyPast.  This pay-per-view web site contains graphics of census pages, registrations of Births, Marriages, and Deaths (since July 1837), Overseas BMDs (since 1761), Military, and Migration records.

UK BMD.  United Kingdom Births/Marriages/Deaths.  Links to county and other indexes of births, marriages and deaths.  New data is being added as it becomes available.

UK Deceased OnLine.  Free search for dates of burial or cremation.  There is a charge for further information.

UK National Archives – on-line documents.  World War 1 and some WW2 military records and also wills.  Searching the index is free.  There is a small charge to download the graphic images.

The British Newspaper Archive.  Free searching of various historical British newspapers.  Like most British data, there is a small charge to download the graphic images.

Merchant Navy Seamen 1918–1941.  Records of Merchant Navy Seamen serving on British ships.  Note that this includes foreign individuals that served in the Merchant Navy.

British Citizens in India.  British citizens (especially of military families) were born, baptised, married, died, and buried in India.  Search the British Library's India Office Family History records for your missing individuals.

Scotland's People – Connecting Generations.  The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland — online births/marriages/deaths, census data, wills and parish records.

Historical Directories.  University of Leicester's searchable on-line images of directories for many counties of England and Wales.

Genes Reunited.  See if someone else has your rellies in their tree and, if you wish, upload your tree in an attempt to contact others.

English Family History and Genealogy links  – Price & Associates, Expert Links.

GenealogyLinks.Net.  More links for the British Isles.

Please visit Dave Naylor's personal web pages.

Send me (Dave Naylor) an e-mail if something on this page doesn't look right, is broken, if you have (polite) suggestions or otherwise wish to contact us.

Last updated: 26 March 2014
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