Computer SIG - 10 January 1998
by Judith Rempel
Help for the Beginner & a
Bit for Others Too - Online Genealogies
- Data Online - Search Tips
See also Computer Special
number of small, technical problems prevented us from reviewing
the range of websites intended for this meeting. As a result, the
links to the sites have been re-assembled in this place, so that
our SIG participants and others might also visit - at their leisure.
That aside, the intention was to use the AFHS website layout to
peek at some really worthy, basic starting points.
From the AFHS home page, the "General
Family History Aids " area on the left is a good place to start.
Going there, and selecting Getting
Started will take you to the beginning of a series of "chapters"
meant to provide a basic "course" course in genealogy
research. They are written by our own Brian Hutchison, a certified
genealogist who makes a living at genealogy. His suggestions are
very much worth considering.
Again, from the AFHS home page, one should
follow the Search Aids link and check
out the resources to be found there, especially:
World Pages - to find addresses, email addresses and maps
of possible family members or persons to consult in the genealogy
- Cyndi's Amazing Structured
List - probably the most comprehensive, friendly, and intelligently
organized set of web links available for the genealogist
- Software Online - this is not
a specific site, but a location on our website where you can find
links to a wide variety of software (genealogical database software,
html converters, viewing software, and software reviews) so that
you can try out and select the best software for your needs.
- UK+Ireland Genealogical
Information Service comes recommended from one of our knowledgeable
members as the single most useful source of information on searching
in the United Kingdom. If you have kin in that part of the world,
this is a "must-see"
- Dear Myrtle - This
is a daily genealogical column published on AOL in the Genealogy
Forum, and the "Best of" are available at this site.
It comes recommended by another member of our group.
Here, the intention was to let the SIG visitors compare for themselves
some examples of how genealogies are exhibited online, and to help
consider which layout they might want to employ once they are ready
to try their hand at building a website.
Tree Maker's User Home Pages - this is a link to a single
page at the FTM site which lists all the FTM users who have posted
a website with the help of FTM, and whose surname begins with
"Pee" Click on the link and you'll see what is meant.
If you would like, you could substitute the /p/e/e/ in the web
address (URL) with those first initials in your surname. Maybe
you'll find a researcher with similar interests. Delving into
these pages will show you several styles of websites that FTM
assists the user in building. Find a page that offers an InterneTree
and make sure your browser is "java-enabled" and you're
in for an interactive treat. Of course, the FTM site has much
more to offer than this.
Rempel - okay, here's the approach I've taken. This link will
take you to my surname list and associated family-group-sheet
type pages that were built from a gedcom using GedPage.
- Suddie Mumford
- is one of our members who has used PhpGedView software to generate
In this section, I wanted to point you to a number of really great,
general indices that exist online. In this case, you should go to
the Canadian Genealogical Projects
Registry of the AFHS.
On that page, you'll find links to data online pertaining to: Adoptions,
Births, Censuses, Church Records, Deaths, Divorces, Genealogical
Collections, Immigrants, Land Records, Marriages, Military Records,
Residents, Queries, and Surnames.
Specifically, you should consider visiting:
- The AFHS pages on births,
marriages and deaths as reported in Calgary newspapers in
- The Loyalist surnames being
researched by our members.
- Obituary Daily
Times - a collection of newspaper obituaries indexed as part
of a large project that spans many cities.
Security (US) Death Index and the SSDI
Limits for Genealogy are very important finding aids for persons
who had family members eligible for Social Security death benefits.
- BC Archives
- these archives are an incredible source at the other end of
the country. See it for marriage or death records that took place
in British Columbia. Wander around a while and you'll find access
to their image collection as well. If only our Glenbow Museum
here in Calgary could prepare such materials for online use -
we'd really have something to be proud about.
- AFHS Members' Surname
Interests - we can't neglect the folks at home. Here are our
colleagues and an alphabetized listing of the surnames they're
searching. Click on a member's name and you'll see the geographic
locale associated with the surname interest as well as the others
they are searching. It's great to find "new" cousins
right in our own back yard.
- Ancestry Databases
- and another member mentioned that Ancestry has posted some free-access
databases online. Course, some you have to pay for....
The last thing I wanted to do, was indicate the search engines
that I find most useful.
- HotBot is my "hands-down"
favourite search engine because I find it comprehensive, precise
and doesn't lead me to a lot of dead links.
- I found HotBot through another great, meta-search engine,Dogpile.
You can use this one to select a search engine for yourself. You
use it like any search engine: just specify your search terms
in the usual way. Then, it will go out and delegate the work to
about 20 other search engines (altavista, lycos, hotdog, etc.)
to provide you with a report. You then can review the brief "hits"
that each engine supplied and decide which engine is best for
you .. or simply use them all by continuing to use Dogpile as
- On this note, one of our members indicated that Ask
was her favourite. Let's try it out and see if we agree.
Well, that's it for this time. There are/were other recommendations
as well, and as they come to mind/are forwarded to me, they'll be
posted on this page. So come on back and visit again.