Mistakes matter. How you recover from them matters even more.
The best way to handle a mistake is to learn from the mistake.
Then you'll not repeat it nor ever be paralyzed by the fear of
making another mistake.
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Here you can find information about The Genealogy Box - Genealogy
Network. The Genealogy Box - Genealogy Network strives to adhere to the
National Genealogical Society guidelines for publishing web pages on
the internet and maintain the National Genealogical Standards in
sharing genealogical information.
Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet
Recommended by the National Genealogical Society
Appreciating that publishing information through
Internet websites and web pages shares many
similarities with print publishing, considerate family
* apply a title identifying both the entire
website and the particular group of related pages,
similar to a book-and-chapter designation, placing it
both at the top of each web browser window using the
* explain the purposes and objectives of their
websites, placing the explanation near the top of the
title page or including a link from that page to a
special page about the reason for the site.
* display a footer at the bottom of each web page
which contains the website title, page title, author's
name, author's contact information, date of last
revision and a copyright statement.
* provide complete contact information, including
at a minimum a name and e-mail address, and preferably
some means for long-term contact, like a postal
* assist visitors by providing on each page
navigational links that lead visitors to other
important pages on the website, or return them to the
* adhere to the NGS "Standards for Sharing
Information with Others" regarding copyright,
attribution, privacy, and the sharing of sensitive
* include unambiguous source citations for the
research data provided on the site, and if not
complete descriptions, offering full citations upon
* label photographic and scanned images within the
graphic itself, with fuller explanation if required in
text adjacent to the graphic.
* identify transcribed, extracted or abstracted
data as such, and provide appropriate source
* include identifying dates and locations when
providing information about specific surnames or
* respect the rights of others who do not wish
information about themselves to be published,
referenced or linked on a website.
* provide website access to all potential visitors
by avoiding enhanced technical capabilities that may
not be available to all users, remembering that not
all computers are created equal.
* avoid using features that distract from the
productive use of the website, like ones that reduce
legibility, strain the eyes, dazzle the vision, or
otherwise detract from the visitor's ability to easily
read, study, comprehend or print the online
* maintain their online publications at frequent
intervals, changing the content to keep the
information current, the links valid, and the website
in good working order.
* preserve and archive for future researchers
their online publications and communications that have
lasting value, using both electronic and paper
Standards for Sharing Information With Others
Recommended by the National Genealogical Society
Conscious of the fact that sharing information or data
with others, whether through speech, documents or
electronic media, is essential to family history
research and that it needs continuing support and
encouragement, responsible family historians
* respect the restrictions on sharing information
that arise from the rights of another as an author,
originator or compiler; as a living private person; or
as a party to a mutual agreement.
* observe meticulously the legal rights of
copyright owners, copying or distributing any part of
their works only with their permission, or to the
limited extent specifically allowed under the law's
"fair use" exceptions.
* identify the sources for all ideas, information
and data from others, and the form in which they were
received, recognizing that the unattributed use of
another's intellectual work is plagiarism.
* respect the authorship rights of senders of
letters, electronic mail and data files, forwarding or
disseminating them further only with the sender's
* inform people who provide information about
their families as to the ways it may be used,
observing any conditions they impose and respecting
any reservations they may express regarding the use of
* require some evidence of consent before assuming
that living people are agreeable to further sharing of
information about themselves.
* convey personal identifying information about
living peopleâ€”like age, home address, occupation or
activitiesâ€”only in ways that those concerned have
expressly agreed to.
* recognize that legal rights of privacy may limit
the extent to which information from publicly
available sources may be further used, disseminated or
* communicate no information to others that is
known to be false, or without making reasonable
efforts to determine its truth, particularly information that may be derogatory.
* are sensitive to the hurt that revelations of
criminal, immoral, bizarre or irresponsible behavior
may bring to family members.
1.Ancestry.com $ - Ancestry.com is the
leading genealogical data site, with some articles, instruction, and reference
help. 2. RootsWeb.com -
Rootsweb is a major data site, with free instruction and reference help. 3.
MyHeritage.com - MyHeritage focuses on
genealogy community building and networking. 4. Genealogy.com $ - This is major data site,
with instruction and reference help. 5. FamilySearch.org - This is a major data
website sponsored by the LDS Church and includes with instruction and reference
help. 6. MyFamily.com - Hosts family
websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more. 7. FindAGrave.com > - A database of
cemetery inscriptions and photos. 8. Footnote.com $ - In conjunction with the
U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images, and
more. 9. OneGreatFamily.com $ -
This is primarily a family trees sharing and collaboration website. 10. WorldVitalRecords.com $ - WVR is
also known as Family Link, and represents a major data website, with instruction
and reference help. 11. GenealogyToday.com - Genealogy Today
includes instruction, reference articles, and includes some unique data
collections. 12. AncestorHunt.com
- A site consisting of collected genealogy links. 13. AccessGenealogy.com - A website that
includes references to helpful articles, especially for Native American
information, and some data. 14. EllisIsland.org - Database of passenger
lists that is free to search. Actual passenger list images can be
purchased. 15. CyndisList.com - A
huge website dedicated to cataloguing genealogy website links. 16. Interment.net - Transcribed and indexed
cemetery inscriptions. 17. USGennet.org - Historical and genealogical
web hosting service. 18. Geni.com > -
Web 2.0 and focuses on genealogy community building and networking. 19. KindredKonnections.com $ -
Grassroots created data site with compiled family Trees, and some extracted
records. 20. FamilyTreeMaker.com > - Homepage
for Ancestry.com&rsquos genealogical software. 21. SearchForAncestors.com -
Interactive directory of free genealogy websites and data. 22. DistantCousin.com - An online archive
of genealogy records and images of historical documents. 23. CousinConnect.com - A large free
queries website. 24. GeneBase.com - A
DNA ancestry cataloguing project 25. TribalPages.com - Family trees hosting
and charting program. 26. SurnameWeb.org - A collection of surname
website links online since 1996. 27. FamilyTreeDNA.com - DNA testing service
focused upon family history test types. 28. JewishGen.org $ - Jewish, reference,
instruction, coordination, and databases. 29. ObitCentral.com - Obituary database for
finding obituaries and performing cemetery searches. 30. GenCircles.com - Upload and share your
family trees. 31. DeathIndexes.com
- Lists of links to United States death records, by state. 32. Genuki.org.uk - Large collection of
genealogical information pages for England, Irelnd, Scotland, Wales, the
Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. 33. Daddezio.com - Website focused upon Italian
research, with instruction, information and more. 34. PoliticalGraveyard.com -
Comprehensive source of U.S. political biography that tells where many dead
politicians are buried. 35. Linkpendium.com > - A collection of
genealogy links categorized by region and surname. 36. Geneanet.org - A collection of family trees,
community, and submitted records. 37. US-Census.org - Census abstracts (U.S.
GenWeb Census Project) 38. AncientFaces.com - Share genealogy
research, community pages, family photos & records more for free. 39. HeritageQuestOnline.com $ -
Census, PERSI (the periodical index), books. 40. CensusFinder.com - Links to free census
records. 41. GenealogyBak.com $
- Database with index of newspapers and early books. 42. GenWed.com - Online marriage records, where to
order, some indexes, and more. 43. GenealogyLinks.net - Links to free
sites, arranged by state and county. 44. WorldRoots.com - European nobility and
German reference material. 45. ProGenealogists.com - Website created
by professional genealogists with links, instruction, data, and reference
aids. 46. Census-Online.com -
Links to censuses and census abstracts. 47. FamilyTreeMagazine.com - Website
for magazine publisher that includes shopping, links, and research tools. 48.
KindredTrails.com - Links to
genealogy and data websites. 49. USGenWeb.com - A group of volunteers working
together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every
county and every state of the United States. 50. FindMyPast.com $ - Indexes to British
records of many types.
Search engines have really transformed the
internet into a fabulous research tool. Google has created a search
engine to assist you in finding genealogy information. There is also the RootsWeb
Ancestry search engines as well as IxQuick, Yahoo, Free Find, Pico
Search, and downloadable more personalized search engines are
available, too, like Zoom.
Library search engines vary as to what type of search is
offered to its patrons via the internet or via the library's own
You should read up a little on how search engines operate.
There are boolean searches, exclusive searching and inclusive search
options. I would conduct a search for search engines in Europe, Australia, and other countries in order to
broaden your searching options.
You may search for all words in "quotes". There is the AND OR option
where you may find the occurences of two words or each individual word.
Search engine technology is truely facinating and evolving. Many people
fail to utilize the variety of search engines via the internet. There
are more search engines than just Google, Yahoo and Ixquick! You should
try finding different search engines for the different countries of
your ancestry. It's an option you shouldn't pass up.
*Database is down August 14, 2011 Please go to the back up site and utilize the submit your surnames at center.Internet Genealogy Groups - Database Archive: Surname Search in Genealogy Groups. If you have a favorite genealogy group that isn't listed, register, confirm your email, and we would be happy if you would submit a link to the group. If you are a group owner and would like to submit your surnames or just have a question or suggestion, please contact me.
Search DATABASES - beta
Cyndi's List is such a massive site
that it deserves its own spot here. There is much to find buried in the depths
of her site. You can get lost in the amount of intformation that is offered! It
is well worth a visit to begin exploring genealogy at her site.
The Genealogy Box
There are several ways to begin researching with The Genealogy Box.
We would love it if you would share your research ideas with us. So would many other folks.
share your surnames or research resources at the Research Center.
You may join us at The Genealogy Network Family Lobby.
You can email a query or question to be posted to the group.
You can network with others interested in genealogy.
You can create or join a Surname mailing list on RootsWeb.
You can create a family website. -please share it with us!
You can get help with your brick walls.
You can request a free look up.
You can read a genealogy blog.
RootsWeb Mailing Lists and Message Boards
Researching your family tree effectively should involve a mailing list of some sort and a message board. Message boards on Ancestry.com are quite popular. Most
of the Ancestry message boards, either by state, county or surname are gatewayed
to a RootsWeb mailing list.
This means that the information that you post to the message
board also gets posted to the mailing list. The funny thing about the message
boards is that not all of the message boards are gatwayed to lists. That gives
mailing lists a slight advantage. If you
post to a RootsWeb mailing list, it does not mean that your messages appear on the
Ancestry message boards.
The message boards post to the mailing lists, but not
vice versa. RootsWeb offers free mailing lists for your family or surname and
boast over 30,000 lists to date. The great thing about mailing lists is that the
list archives are searchable just like your email inbox.
If you need help subscribing to a mailing list on
RootsWeb, please contact us
here with your question. We will be more than happy to assist you OR if you
prefer, you may contact the help files on RootsWeb, too.
Ancestry, GeneaNet, GenCircles, Genealogy Today sites, and GenForum all have
message boards. The Genealogy Box does too! And so do many surname websites like Tribal Pages. Creating a post on a message board can be a bit scary. You
should never post information about living persons on the internet. The National
Genealogical Societies have guidelines concerning living people and privacy that
you should become familiar with before you make your first post. The guidelines for publishing webpages are to the right. These guidelines are much the same for message board or mailing list posting. WordGenWeb also
host message boards for Europe. Roots Chat is one of my favorite message boards along with Genealogy Net.
Creating an effective message board post will
oftentimes involve leaving a contact email address. If you don't like being
spammed, then don't post your email address. Get an email address exclusively
for posting to message boards and be sure to check it often so that you do not
lose your email address at your email provider. Be sure to post names, dates,
locations and vital information. There are so many posts out there searching for
just a name and that have no other supportive information. Three years from now
you want someone to find the information you are looking for and be able to
contact you. (It happens!)
Here is an example of how to create a message board post:
How to post a Message Board Query
More is Less
"More information lessens confusion.
If your message is content rich and detailed,
it will lend itself more toward attracting appropriate responses.
For instance, if you are planning on writing a message about John Smith
who married Mary Jones, you'd better list more about them than just their
names in your message! Otherwise, because of the common occurrence of the
Smith and Jones surnames, you'll have way too many people responding to your inquiry.
So, it's important to include enough information about the people you're seeking
so that everyone will know exactly who they are, or at least how to positively identify them.
The greater the details you can provide about when and where your subjects lived,
the greater your chance of linking up with people seeking the same individuals."
Some items that will help others identify common family members include these:
Full name, including any middle names or initial
Birth, marriage, and death dates
Places where the above events occurred
Residence and migration
Names of their children and/or parents
Henry Tewksbury, Jr. was born 15 Dec 1664 in Newbury, Essex Co.,
Massachusetts, the son of Henry and Martha (Copp) Tewksbury. Henry, Jr.
married Hannah _______ sometime between 1685 and 1693. They had
children: Henry, Jonathan, Hannah, Philip, Naomi, Jean, John, Abner and
James. I would like to know the maiden name of Henry's wife, Hannah. I
haven't been able to find Henry and Hannah's marriage record in Newbury
or nearby Amesbury, Massachusetts. I know that Henry was reported as
"of Amesbury" in 1723 from a land deed. I also know that some of his
children married in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Other than this, I have
very little information on the time or place of his death or that of
his wife. If anyone can help fill in the blanks, please contact me -"
Extract From: from the internet, May 2008, URL
YourFamily.com Message Board Query Pro Genealogists
There are social networking sites that also offer genealogy research. Can you
believe it? Well, My Space and Facebook are two of the most popular and I have
to say that I am impressed with them both. There are many stories in the news
about long lost relatives finally finding one another on My Space. Facebook has
become very popular, too and in fact offers to host your family tree so that
others visiting your profile my peruse your family branches. There are other
social networking websites like My Heritage, Angelfire, Family Tree Circles, Family Lobby
that offer both websites, journals, or free surname matching. More can be said
about genealogy and social networks...it is growing.
USGenWeb was once hosted on RootsWeb. This is a long, long, very
long, story. Many pages on the internet in the past year have file 404
links to former USGenWeb/RootsWeb websites. When the decision was made
to place banners on USGenWeb sites hosted by RootsWeb many people
balked. The Generations Network said that all sites from USGenWeb would
a redirection link. The FTP sites, were not included and were removed
from RootsWeb when the URL to RootsWeb was incorporated with an
URL. Searching for archives from USGenWeb on RootsWeb can be frustrating. The best thing that I can offer is the URL to
USGenWeb Archives. State USGenWeb sites are located here. USGenWeb archives for individual
states are located under the state abbreviation i.e. Texas would be /tx/ , Iowa
would be /ia/ the URL is http://files.usgwarchives.net/"state abbreviation"/ OR
http://files.usgwarchives.org/"state abbreviation"/. Here is the URL
"The United States is home to a diverse population that celebrates its cultural richness and variety through local festivals, community events, and other grassroots activities. These community gatherings demonstrate Americans' pride in where they come from, who they are, and where they live. Local Legacies: Celebrating Community Roots, drawing on the Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000, in communities from every state in the nation."
"The Local Legacies project was initiated by members of Congress and individuals across the nation to commemorate the Library of Congress Bicentennial and to celebrate America's richly diverse culture. For more than a year, Local Legacies teams documented the creative arts, crafts, and customs representing traditional community life; signature events such as festivals and parades; how communities observe local and national historical events; and the occupations that define a community's life. More than three-fourths of Congress and 4,000 Americans have been a part of this once-in-a-lifetime project."
"Congress registered almost 1,300 Local Legacies projects from all 50 states, the trusts, territories, and the District of Columbia. Photographs, written reports, sound and video recordings, newspaper clippings, posters, and other materials from just over 1,000 Local Legacies projects have been sent to the Library to become a permanent part of the collections of the American Folklife Center. Like a century's-end time capsule, the scenes, sights, and events of everyday America featured in these projects are a testament to the uniqueness of our nation and to the rich diversity of culture and heritage that makes us all "Americans."
"For more than fifty years, folklorists associated with the University of California, Los Angeles have systematically documented beliefs and practices relating to folk medicine and alternative healthcare. In order to make the data more readily available to the worldwide community of researchers and medical practitioners, the Online Archive of American Folk Medicine was established in 1996 under the direction of Dr. Michael Owen Jones, a professor of folklore and history at UCLA."
Here is where you will find all of The Genealogy Box Tools! There is a Forum, a Resource Center, an area to email a Question,
a surname blog, and several genealogy related groups to peruse, subscribe or join.
Genealogy Network and The Genealogy Box can be found on several sites on the
internet. The closure of MSN Groups spawned this adventure. You can read The Genealogy Box blog on Word Press, Live Journal,Vox, Blogger or Multiply.
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Genealogy Network Blog and Surname Research
There are two blogs that are associated with The Genealogy Box - Genealogy
Network. Both are hosted by Blogger. One is for posting your surnames, which will
be searchable by Google. This enables you to see if your surname or searchable
term is available from within the linked groups. You can find posting
information on the Multiply
Genealogy Network or on the Genealogy Network Blog. The Surname Research Blog and
Genealogy Network Blog are both experimental and will be changed soon so please
bear with the construction and format changes.
Free Genealogy Websites
There are a number of places on the internet where you can upload your GEDCOM
files to share your family tree research. Of course, Ancestry, My Family, and
its RootsWeb World Connect are three of the most popular on the net. There are
others! This site is hosted by several free internet webspace providers. One of
those is 100webspace.net. They have much to offer including FTP access. The Genealogy Box on 100webspace.net offers forums, easy HTML website creation and Joomla sites. You can even host your own Word Press blog on 100webspace.net.
Geocities, Angelfire, and Tripod are a few of the other sites that offer cgi for
mail forms, but they do not offer free FTP access. Fortune City and Top Cites offer free FTP as well as 100webspace.net. WebRing.com has recently offered FREE Webspace and blog, too. If you have a FortuneCity or Angelfire website, you may have your site transferred for free to WebRing.com. WebRing is offering free webspace and blogs. CWahi.Net is another free web hosting provider as is WebNG. WebNG offers applications like Joomla, WordPress and PhpBB forums, while CWahi.Net offers a database and domain email. You may gain more webspace on WebNG through referrals.
Freewebsites offers FTP access, and a choice of domain, but they do not
offer an online HTML editor, php or cgi.