Random Resources for Genealogists

books Many genealogists use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and possibly a few other genealogy websites. There are plenty of smaller, lesser known, resources out there that pop up from time to time. Here is a random collection of resources for genealogists that I found today. See if any of them are useful to your genealogy research.

A few blogs ago, I pointed out the Human Prehistory 101 course that 23andMe created. If you took the course, and the quiz that followed it, you might be wondering what the correct answers were. There is a resource that will help! 23AndMe has posted a blog called “Back-To-School: Human Prehistory 101 Test Results”. How well did you do?

The Winnebago County Clerk’s Office in Winnebago county, Illinois, has a new website that will give genealogists access to the records held by the office. Genealogists can view information and get copies of birth, marriage, and death records.

Copies of certificates cost $12.00, each. You can access birth certificates that are 75 years of older, marriage certificates that are 50 years or older, and death certificates that are 20 years or older. Those of you with ancestors who lived in Winnebago County, Illinois, will find this resource to be useful.

There is another new website called Gale Genealogy Connect. I’ve read quite a few articles about it, and I can’t quite figure out what, exactly, it does. My understanding is that the website has information that was once published by the Genealogical Publishing and Clearfield Company, that has been put into a format that makes it searchable online for the first time.

It isn’t a website where you can search for vital records. Instead, it seems to give genealogists access to information about proper research methods, about how to organize your genealogy research, and more.

Ancestry.com LIVE will be doing three live streamed videos next week. The first one will be on September 11, 2012. It is called “Understanding SAR/DAR Applications”. It will begin at 1:00 in the afternoon, EDT.

The second one is called “Charts and Forms: Putting Details in Context”. This one will happen on September 13, 2012, and will begin at 1:00 in the afternoon, EDT. The third one will take place on September 14, 2012. This one is called “Sourcing Your Vitals”. It, too, will begin at 1:00 in the afternoon, EDT. Each of these three webinars will last for approximately an hour.

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