Like most folks, we have our favorite websites:
A subscription, commercial database. This website
may be the best thing since sliced bread. It has a
plethora of databases and scanned records. One of
the most exciting things about ancestry.com is that it
has images and indexes
to all of the U.S.
census records from 1790
through 1930. A
warning about the
indexes -- they are less
than perfect. If
you don't find a name in
the index, do not
presume that it is not
in the original record.
Non-commercial site run by volunteers who abstract
genealogically significant records.
Contains a number of databases and links to other
sites. Several years ago, rootsweb, which began as a
grass roots organization to make genealogical resources
available online, was purchased by ancestry.com While
the rootsweb databases have remained free, the search
engine will also check ancestry.com's databases.
www.rootsweb.com/~gapike/slave.htm For African
American researchers and anyone researching slave
ancestry in Georgia, this site is a "must read".
It describes the various sources available for slave
research in Georgia.
www.georgiaarchives.org The Georgia Archives
has scanned a number of
colonial wills and
original district plats.
website of the National Archives has a veritable
plethora of information about federal records and U.S.
history. Whether you're a serious researcher or just
looking for a fun site to spend some time and learn a
bit about this nation's history and its people, nara.gov
is worth investigating.
Carl Vinson Institute of Government has a wonderful
assortment of information for anyone interested in
Georgia history, politics, and genealogy. They
have maps galore and transcripts of all of ten Georgia
Be sure to check out
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. Begun in 1996, it is the most comprehensive listing of genealogical websites you're likely to find.
You've talked to
older family members,
you've done some
you've downloaded data
abstract forms from
you're ready to venture out into
the world of Archives,
libraries, and courthouses.
What to do?
Where to go?