My Handy Genealogy Links
...plus Names, Locations & Other Stuff Index
These are links I have found useful in my reseach. To keep everything straight, I have placed them in the context of the location they relate to.
Top 10 Most Useful
These are the sites that are literally almost always open on my desktop!
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - I use many other sites more than this one, but it ranks number one because it is simply THE place to look if you need a pointer in the appropriate direction. I am in awe that while so many websites eventually fall by the wayside, this one is continually updated! One interesting subsection is Myths, Hoaxes and Scams, which I mention specifically because I can't count the number of times I have seen claims and offers regarding genealogy, especially on the internet, that were simply outrageous, or too good to be true. It may not literally pay to be smart, but at least it can keep you from being poorer... so being informed on this stuff is just smart. Plus it's just interesting reading, too. One great article is the amusingly-titled "What To Do When the Courthouse Has Burned and You're All Out of Marshmallows!"
- Provincial Archives of New Brunswick Vital Stats - PANB's online indexes for birth (1800 - 1912), marriage (1847 - 1957), and death (1815 - 1957) records are constantly updated. I've found so much in this site - confimation of details I wasn't sure about, facts I had no idea of, and even entire families I wasn't aware of! In addition, there are other useful databases, including Dan Johnson's compilation of New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics. This amazing work contains almost 300,000 transcriptions and covers 75 New Brunswick newspapers from 1794 to 1896. To my understanding, this includes all known newspapers in New Brunswick during this time period - a simply outstanding body of work!
- Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics - Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management has vital records online as of 2007! Yay! Coverage is births (1864 - 1877), marriages (bonds 1763 - 1864 and registrations 1864 - 1930), and deaths (1864 - 1877, and 1 Oct 1908 - 1955). Where this service exceeds PANB is that every indexed entry is linked to the digitized document. The window in which the document appears is distressingly small, but the image is of sufficient quality to be readable, and reproduceable onscreen if so desired (if you possess the patience and skills to cut and paste in a graphics program - see my great-grandparents' marriage register for example). If a high-resolution copy is needed, it is easily purchased. Other databases and/or exhibits are found at NSARM's main website.
- Automated Genealogy - 1901 and 1911 Canadian Censuses, and also the 1906 Northwest Territories Census and the 1851 New Brunswick Census. Personally, I think this is what it's all about - public documents indexed and made available for free. If you have time to donate, consider transcribing and/or proofreading a few pages.
- Ancestry - Yes, you have to pay, but LDS Family History Centres and many libraries have free access to Ancestry's Library Edition, which contains quite a lot of the subscription site's content. I haven't had too much luck searching Canadian information, but I love accessing the US Census images! Word of warning before you buy that super-duper all-inclusive subscription - many of these databases are available elsewhere online, for FREE, for example the Nationwide Gravesite Locator for Veterans and Dependents in VA National Cemeteries. Just do some digging to be sure that the ones you're interested in don't fall into that category. Another tip - search discount/dollar stores for copies of the previous release of Family Tree Maker... you'll get the software, sure, but look for the bundled membership to ancestry.com. I got a year's membership for $10 when I bought FTM at "A Buck or Two".
- Rootsweb - The mailing lists are a huge asset, plus Worldconnect offers free access to the user-compiled genealogies found at Ancestry.com's World Family Tree. I won't use these genealogies as gospel, but they have pointed me in the right direction many times.
- Our Roots - A wonderful collection of thousands of Canadian local histories, scanned for online access. I've found books from the early 1800's that give me a great perspective on the daily lives of my ancestors.
- Obituaries Today - Collected from a number of funeral homes, I have had great success finding obits here for lots of New Brunswick connections... now if only Maher's in Chatham would go online, I'd be set!
- Family Search 1880/1881 Census Index - I've had the most luck searching the 1881 Canadian and 1880 US Censuses, although there are other searchable indexes here, including the 1881 UK Census. I've found more transcription errors here that at other census transcription sites, but that might just be my bad luck... still hugely useful!
- Kelly/Verge Genealogy - Yes, this site! Shameless plug? No! Putting my info "out there" has enabled lots of people to find me... plus being able to see what I've been able to put together is a great motivator to keep on digging!
- Social Security Death Index - I've gotten some great leads here; a lot of records include both birth and death locations, as well as last known address. Since most of my research is in Canada, I don't use this too often, but it has been good in the past. This one got bumped off the top 10 when NSARM's vital records went online.
- NewEnglandAncestors.org - This one's my up-and-comer, which is kind of funny considering that this is the website of the New England Historical Genealogical Society, founded in 1845. I had free access to this site for two glorious weeks, after filling out a survey. I was left wanting more - now I have $75 burning a hole in my bank account, especially since the loonie hit parity, for a membership! I simply didn't have time to investigate all the possibilities, but notable standouts, for me, included:
- Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841 to 1910 - Many of my New Brunswick and Nova Scotia families had relatives who moved to New England, especially Massachusetts.
- The New England Historical and Genealogical Register - This is the flagship publication of the Society. Among the treasures I found in its pages were the transcribed Lunenburg Town Book, and the early records of both Christ Church and the New North Church in Boston.
Established in 1785, Northumberland County is one of the original counties of New Brunswick. It is divided into thirteen parishes.
The City of Miramichi was incorporated in 1995. It encompasses many smaller towns, the chief of which are Chatham and Newcastle. The name "Miramichi" was also used in the 18th and 19th centuries to refer to area, and especially as a port, although ships docked at various points on the river.
- Miramichi Irish Festival - If you're free the third weekend in July, and you're looking to spend a great time with really fun people, why not come spend some time at the Irish Festival on the Miramichi? Held every year, it's the largest Irish Festival in Canada, and the second largest in North America (Milwaukee's yearly celebration is the biggest). Everything Irish will be celebrated! History, genealogy, music, dance, talk and yes, food and drink too. The festival is even on the American Bus Association's list of 100 top events in North America! I can attest to the fact that it's a great time, and it's held in one of the prettiest locations in Canada (as far as I'm concerned, anyway), the Miramichi. The people are the friendliest you'll ever meet too - one year my aunt met a couple who had neglected to make arrangements for accomodation, so she offered them her spare room!
Every year, a different family name is honoured with special events and celebration. In 1999, it was the MacCarthy clan; in 2000 it was the Kellys, and in 2001 it was the Keating family. I can't recall who's the special family this year - maybe it's your family! As part of the "The Year of the Kellys" in 2000, my mother and I put together a large wall chart of the descendants of Philip Kelly, the emigrant who laid our roots in New Brunswick. We met so many people who traced their lines back to Philip too - I met one woman who was descended from Philip Kelly, who also turned out to be married to one of my father's cousins. Considering my father's family is from Nova Scotia, this was quite surprising! It was an amazing experience, and a great way to add new details to the family tree.
- Miramichi Leader / Weekend Newspaper - Founded by George Freeze in 1906, this newspaper was known as the North Shore Leader until it was sold in 1973 to George Cadogan. A subscription is needed to view any content, but all content from the printed version is also in the online version, at a substantially lower cost. It specializes in printing only local news and social notices from the Miramichi.
- St. Michael's Catholic Church & Cemetery
- Malcolm Cemetery
- St. Patrick's Catholic Church
- St. Mary's Catholic Church & Cemetery
Quarryville was previously known as Indiantown.
Barnettville was previously known as Underhill Settlement.
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