Genealogy Sources

Genealogy Sources

Remember the old saying “Consider the Source”?  Family History and Genealogy “Sourcing” is very important to do. “Sourcing” is required to verify your family’s historical information. There are numerous forms of family history and genealogy “Sources”.   In the easiest of terms, genealogy “Sourcing” is the proper notation of who, where and when the information was gathered and proved by and/or what document proved the information to be correct. “Sources” can be verbal or written (documents). Please remember to always track your “Sources” in your Genealogy computer program or in your paperwork. Doing so will decrease the chance of you duplicating your work.

Verbal Sourcing:

The verbal “Sourcing” of family history and genealogy are verbal conversations/interviews with living relatives or friends that have a recollection of your family’s history.  An “Oral History Interview” is definitely the way to go. There are definitely some things for you to consider when you interview someone.  One of the most import things that I have learned from personal experience, if at all possible, please try to record the interview.  You can use audio and/or video.  It’s a lot easier to interview a person if you don’t have to worry about writing everything down. Plus, don’t forget to charge your recording device and/or bring your back-up batteries!

It’s also very important for you to remember that you are there to interview them. You need for them to talk as much as possible so that you’ll get the best information possible. This is where you will need to use your “listening ears” a lot. Whether it is on a phone call or in person, please try to encourage them to talk by asking open-ended questions, such as: Will you please describe the sense of humor that your Mother had? What were a few of the talents that your Father had? These will lead them into giving a more lengthy description. Yes and No questions are closed ended. Sometimes they are necessary but should be kept to a minimum. The more details that they can give, the better. A great source for  questions to ask for an “Oral History Interview” can be found at http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/Quest.html. These questions and “Mind Joggers” are wonderful. Please sit down and try to think up a few custom questions of your own too. Often, there are ethnic, religious, business, and many other questions that you can add into mix in that will help.

Please set up an appointment to interview them.  Make sure that neither you or they will not be in a hurry. Timing is very important.  Make the interview as relaxing as possible too. Often people mirror your mood so it’s important that you are feeling calm and settled when you do your interview.  Also, consider the time of day and the schedule of the person that you are going to interview, as well as your schedule.  There is nothing worse than being rushed when you are interviewing someone. Remember too, you can always visit or call at a later time or date.

What was the relationship like between this living person and the person that you are asking for information on? Did they get along? Were they close? If they got along well and were close, people have the tendency to remember information better about those that they are closest too. If they didn’t get along well or were not close to each other prior to death, there could be a chance that the information that you receive may not be correct. As a rule of thumb, I always try to find a paper document/written source that will corroborate with what the living person told me. Please DO NOT argue with a living person or tell them that they are wrong. They may sincerely believe that they are correct and very well might be with certain parts of the information. It’s much better to listen to all of what they have to say, record it and then sort it out later. In the end, you may make or publish a book about your family and they can read the truth about the information then. It’s always best to take the high road and keep the conversation on a very kind and friendly level.

What is the health of the relative or friend that you are interviewing? Sometimes, the person that you’re interviewing might remember information because they were close in age to the deceased relative. If so, that means that they may be suffering from the normal malady’s of old age. So, they might have good days and bad days. Sometimes it’s better to interview an elderly person right before lunch time.  Avoiding times that are after meals is a good idea.  A full stomach often makes all of us sleepy.  The more alert they are, the better. Keep in mind the time of day and the location of the interview. If the person is elderly and lives in a nursing home, they might not have a private room. Some people are more comfortable talking in private or outside if it’s a warm, nice day.

Once you have completed the interview, it’s a must to send a thank you note to the person that you interviewed. I also promise to give them a copy of the genealogy that I put together when I’m done. They usually appreciate that.

When you have used a person as a verbal source, it’s up to you whether or not you want to reflect that in your writing. If the information was correct, after using a document/paper source to verify, then it’s proper to give credit where credit is due.

Written Sourcing:

Written Sourcing for Family History and Genealogy is a very necessary part of your genealogy research. I, as a standard for my work, verify all Verbal Sourcing with a written document, if at all possible. Often, the only way that you can move forward with your family history and genealogy is to use the many written sources that are available. Anyone that is planning on breaking through those walls that we hit when we are researching our ancestors will need to diligently, carefully and intelligently locate and utilize the written sources that are available. Written sources can be found on the computer, in books, in newspapers, on microfilm, on microfiche, on tombstones, in family history’s, in bible records and on maps. Here is a list of the most common sources that we can use:

  • Census Sound Indexes and Census Records
  • Vital Statistics – Birth, Death and Marriages
  • Newspapers – Obituaries, Marriages, Births, & Community Involvements/Events
  • County Histories – Biographies
  • Cemeteries – Tombstones & Burial Records
  • Atlas – Maps, City Directories
  • Libraries – Local, Genealogical, Historical, Public
  • Church/ Temple Records – Membership, Christening, Baptism, Confirmation, Bat/Bar Mitzvah, Marriage & Death
  • Computer Postings – that can be verified w/documents.
  • Adjutant General – Grave Registration, Military Records
  • Wills and other Probate Records – guardianship, Divorce
  • Deeds – Grantor, Grantee Indexes – Land Grants
  • Pensions
  • National Archives

If you are diligent with doing your verbal and/or written sources, your family history and genealogy will come together nicely. You will find information about your ancestors that you never knew before. I love to find new documents and pull a small piece of information out of it that magnifies that line of my family. I can honestly say that it has happened more than a few times. I hope that it happens for you as well.

Computer Programs

The most important thing that you can do to get started with your family history and genealogy is to obtain/buy a computer program to store your genealogical information. It will benefit your research if you use a program that can manage your family history and genealogy data with ease.

Please take a look at the two programs below.

RootsMagic – Essentials Edition – Free
http://www.rootsmagic.com/Try/RootsMagic/
 
Legacy Family Tree – 7.5 Standard Edition – Free
http://legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadLegacy.asp
  

Census Records

Census records are an incredible resource for genealogy!  The U.S. Federal Census began in 1790 under the responsibility of Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.

The statistical information, that census takers collect, changed dramatically over the years and continues to change today.

A Federal Census record collection is released to the public every 72 years.  Currently, the 1940 census collection is the most recent to be made available.  All Census’ prior to that time are available in whole, with the exception of the 1890 census which was mostly damaged and lost in a fire.  There is a very small part of the 1890 census that’s available for research.

My hope is that you will see how significant the census information can be for your genealogy research!

Free Genealogy Classes

FUTURE CLASSES:

Monday, July 12, 2021 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: GENEALOGY ORGANIZATION: COMPUTER FILES, PAPERS, PHOTOS AND MORE…OH MY!
DESCRIPTION: Various ways that we can organize our genealogy research records, papers, and mementos.

***Email Kelly Whitelock at wwkellyww@gmail.com for the Zoom Link information.***

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PAST CLASSES:

Monday, June 14, 2021 – No Class

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Monday, May 11, 2021 – No Class

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Monday, Apr. 11, 2021 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: MOURNING RITUALS, PHOTOS, DRESS, JEWELRY, AND OTHER INTERESTING MOURNING INFORMATION.
DESCRIPTION: This information may help you to identify mourning people in photos, mourning clothes, mourning jewelry, and other information when you go through and/or receive family information and items.

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Monday, Mar. 22, 2021 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: FEDERAL AND STATE CENSUS RECORDS
DESCRIPTION: We’re going to talk about how to NOT miss valuable details.

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Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 – 12:30 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: NEWSPAPER RESEARCH – LOOKING FOR FREE RESOURCES!
DESCRIPTION: We’re going to go over some Free Newspaper Resources that are available online.

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Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: FAMILYSEARCH SERIES PART 5
DESCRIPTION: This week is Part 5 of a series of lessons on how to use FamilySearch. The Family History Guide website is what we will be using to go through the series. The website link is https://www.thefhguide.com/project-1-family-tree.html.

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Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: FAMILYSEARCH SERIES PART 4
DESCRIPTION: We are going to do Part 4 of a series of lessons on how to use FamilySearch. The Family History Guide website is what we will be using to go through the series. The website link is https://www.thefhguide.com/project-1-family-tree.html.

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Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: FAMILYSEARCH SERIES PART 3
DESCRIPTION: We are going to do Part 3 of a series of lessons on how to use FamilySearch. The Family History Guide website is what we will be using to go through the series. The website link is https://www.thefhguide.com/project-1-family-tree.html.

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Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: FAMILYSEARCH SERIES PART 2
DESCRIPTION: We are going to do Part 2 of a series of lessons on how to use FamilySearch. The Family History Guide website is what we will be using to go through the series. The website link is https://www.thefhguide.com/project-1-family-tree.html.

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Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
Genealogy Class Cancelled Due to Illness

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Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: FAMILYSEARCH SERIES PART 1
DESCRIPTION: We are going to do Part 1 of a series of lessons on how to use FamilySearch. The Family History Guide website is what we will be using to go through the series. The website link is https://www.thefhguide.com/project-1-family-tree.html.

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Monday, July. 13, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: “What Records to Use to More Easily Find Women in Genealogy Records.”
DESCRIPTION: We will look at the various records that will lead to a woman’s maiden name, help to find more information about her and her ancestors.

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Monday, June. 8, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
TOPIC: Traveling for Genealogy
DESCRIPTION: Traveling for Genealogy We’re going to cover several aspects of planning, budgeting (time & money), travel planning, tools to take, and other information. 

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Monday, May 11, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
Genealogy Class Cancelled Due to Covid-19 & Library Closure

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Monday, April 13, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Online Through Zoom
Genealogy Class Cancelled Due to Covid-19 & Library Closure

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Monday, Mar. 9, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Cemetery Research Using Websites
DESCRIPTION: Find out how three websites – Find-A-Grave, Billion Graves, and Interment.net – can assist you in searching for your ancestors in cemeteries. These websites have content that complements each other that can make your research easier.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: DNA Research
DESCRIPTION: Find out about the benefits of DNA testing, what the results tell you and how to use the results to find extended family members.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Ask the Teacher
DESCRIPTION: Do you have any genealogy questions you want to ask. Come Ask the Teacher – Students Ask the Questions Day! Any Topic on Genealogy.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Oral Family History Interviews
DESCRIPTION: Come learn the steps when you are completing an oral family interview. The presenter will discuss who to interview, when, where, what methods of interviewing, and what questions to ask.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Cemetery Research
DESCRIPTION: Come learn how to find family cemeteries, interpret gravestone markings, and use the information that you find.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: DNA Research
DESCRIPTION: Find out about the benefits of DNA testing, what the results tell you and how to use the results to find extended family members. 
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Aug 12, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Military Records
DESCRIPTION: Learn what and where to find information on your ancestor’s military records to help with your family history research.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, July 8, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Genealogy Societies and Organizations
DESCRIPTION: Been interested in knowing more about genealogy societies and organizations? Learn what they are about, who they are, and how they can assist you with your research.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, June 10, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Genealogy Organization
DESCRIPTION: Learn how to organize your family history research electronically and physically.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, May 13, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Ancestry.com
DESCRIPTION: Learn how to use Ancestry.com to further your genealogy progress.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Apr. 8, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Photo Forensics
DESCRIPTION: Learn how to identify people, organize photos, store photos, and images.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Mar. 11, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: The U.S. and State Census Records
DESCRIPTION: Learn about resources on counting on your Ancestors and their Census Records.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Family Search Database
DESCRIPTION: Learn about FamilySearch.org – Finding & Adding Relatives, Adding Various Types of Memorabilia, and Giving Back by Indexing Records.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: “Family History Guide” website
DESCRIPTION: This is an awesome website that I want to introduce to those of you that have never gone to it. It is your free learning, research, training, and activities center for family history. https://www.thefhguide.com
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: DNA Testing And The Results
DESCRIPTION: Learn about DNA testing and the results when it comes to doing genealogy research.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

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Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 – 12:15 p.m. at the Lutz Library
TOPIC: Visit Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
DESCRIPTION: Learn about the Family History Center and how to do research when visiting.
Lutz Branch Library – http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/lut/
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33548-7220
813-264-3800

Genealogy Links

GENERAL LINKS:

www.familysearch.org – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Genealogy website. This website offers many ways to search. You can search by name, category, location, etc.  See if you can find any information.  You might be surprised.

www.cyndislist.com – Cyndi’s List Website is world-renowned. It has links that cover each and every genealogy topic imaginable. Lot’s to look at here and a great help!

www.rootsweb.com – This is a genealogy co-op, so to speak. Everyone helps each other and it’s almost always at little or no cost. It’s sorted by city, state, country and nationalities. I’ve had a lot of luck here.

www.hcplc.org/hcplc/research/genealogy.html – This is the genealogy section of the Hillsborough County Library website. I believe that this is one of the best on-line collection of genealogy information for a public library that I have ever seen.

http://archivescatalog.info.florida.gov – The Florida State Archives has a wealth of information. A great deal of information about Florida history as well as on-line Collections.

freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hillsfacts – This is a great resource of Hillsborough County, Florida information. It even has Census records for Hillsborough County. Includes Slave Schedules and Mortality Census” from the 1800’s. Thank You Sheila!

www.flsgs.org/index.php – Florida State Genealogical Society website offers membership to their society and genealogical newsletters.

www.rootsweb.com/~flpgs – Pinellas County Genealogical Society is a very hard-working group of genealogy lovers. They have compiled several databases. A great group of people!

www.archives.gov/research_room/index.html – This is the link to the National Archives. There is quite a lot that you can find out about our Nations record keeping and also some searches that you can do. I found my Great-Great Grandfather’s ship record from when he immigrated to the U.S.!

www.glorecords.blm.gov – Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records – The Bureau of Land Management offers free online database access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, images of more than two million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and 1908 for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Not only is this an index, there are also images of the actual land patent records. You can also order certified paper copies of your ancestors patents if you find them!

www.interment.net – Search by location!  This is a great website that has many cemetery records from across the world.  It’s a great resource!

www.ellisislandrecords.com – This is a great website for anyone that had relatives come in through this port of entry at Ellis Island. You can put in your last name or family name and it will search. Hopefully it will come up with some of your ancestors!

www.ancestry.com – This is a part-free and part-paid website. A little information is free but it’s best if you have a membership. I’ve been able to find quite a lot of information! Hillsborough County’s Library System has a free membership that can ONLY be accessed by their computers at all of their branch locations for free. At home, you would need to pay for access to their records.

www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693 – FREE Section! This is the link to Ancestry.com’s Social Security Death Index. I picked this one because Ancestry.com keeps their list updated more than anyone else that I’ve found. It’s free and they pay for the quarterly updates. Some other sources don’t have the financial backing to keep it updated quarterly like they do. Anyone who has lived and died with a Social Security number will be listed here. Please keep in mind that many women did not work and they are not listed. I found that out in my searches too.

www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/advanced.php – This website is a great resource of information about Indentured Servants.  Many that came to the U.S. traveled here by way of promising to work for a time to earn passage to the U.S.  Others earned land this way as well.  Please take a look at this website and learn more.

www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.History-at-Home-A-Guide-to-Genealogy.17370.html – The article is great for beginner genealogists and it includes MANY links towards the bottom.  Thanks Riley!

FLORIDA GENEALOGY LINKS:

http://www.censusfinder.com/florida.htm – Census Finder – Florida Census Records Online: Includes various types of Florida Census records for the entire state.  There is a section where the Census records are broken down by county and year also.  Great resource!

http://ldsgenealogy.com/Florida/ – LDS Genealogy-Florida Genealogy – This website lists all of the links for records that are located at www.FamilySearch.org.  Lots of great info.!

ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/Quest.html – JewishGen is a great source for people with Jewish ancestry. It also has an awesome Oral History interview that you can copy onto Word. Then use the questions to video tape or voice-record on cassette tape the interview of a relative. To get the Oral History interview questions, please scroll down to the category Genealogical Techniques and click on Oral History Questions. It’s great and I’ve used it myself for older living relatives. You not only receive great information but it gives you the sound of their voice for a lifetime. Very Neat!

genealogy.about.com/cs/oralhistory/a/interview.htm – A list of great questions to ask in Genealogy Interviews for Oral Histories.

https://www.genealogy.com/articles/research/70_afteroral.html Tips for organizing all of the information that you receive from your Oral Family History Interviews.

KIDS GENEALOGY INFORMATION:

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/ Great website for helping kids to do their genealogy.

https://thefhguide.com/act-children.html – Family history geared for kids.  Games, activities, and various youth leveled family history to share with the children in your life.

TAMPA CEMETERY INFORMATION:

https://www.tampagov.net/parks-and-recreation/parks-and-natural-areas/cemeteries – The city of Tampa owns and maintains 4 cemeteries which are Woodlawn Cemetery, Jackson Heights Cemetery, Oaklawn Cemetery, and Marti/Colon Cemetery. There’s a small search box that you can enter your ancestors names to see if they may have been buried in the one of the four cemeteries. It’s a wonderful database!

GENEALOGICAL  SOCIETIES:

http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/ – The National Genealogical Society – This is their mission statement that tells us what this society is all about!  “The National Genealogical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1903, is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.  The NGS serves its members by: Providing genealogical skill development through education, information, publications, research assistance, and networking opportunities; Establishing and promoting the highest standards of ethical research principles and scholarly practices; Establishing important links with other groups worldwide; Providing depth and breadth of knowledge and opportunities for our members; Creating programs to increase public awareness of opportunities to discover family history; and, Promoting interest in the fascinating field of genealogy and family history.

http://www.flsgs.org/index.php – Florida Genealogical Society – “Our goal is to promote the study and collection of genealogies, family history and local history. The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) provides Florida source materials through the publication of books, the quarterly publication, The Florida Genealogist, and the newsletter, Florida Lines. Research services are available to those who are seeking a Florida Pioneer Certificate. Educational opportunities are given through the annual conference and workshops. In order to further promote and support genealogy throughout the State, FSGS provides honorary membership to every Florida genealogy society.”

http://www.florida-historical-soc.org/ – The Florida Historical Society – “The Florida Historical Society is the only statewide  historical society in the Sunshine State.  Originally founded in St. Augustine in 1856, the Society was reorganized in 1902 and began holding an annual meeting for the purpose of providing a forum for professional historians and laypersons interested in Florida history. ”

http://www.dar.org/ – Daughters of the American Revolution – “The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.”

http://www.nsdac.org/ – National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists – “Honor the past, appreciate the present and plan for the future.”

http://www.founderspatriots.org/ – Order of the Founders and Patriots of America – This society is for, “Any man of the age of eighteen years, of good moral character and reputation and a citizen of the United States, who is lineally descended in the male line of either parent, from an ancestor who settled in any of the Colonies now included in the United States of America prior to 13 May 1657 and one or all of whose intermediate ancestors in the same line. who lived in the period of the Revolution. from 1775 to 1783, adhered as patriots to the cause of the Colonies, shall be eligible for membership in the Order. – – – In addition, if the father or either the paternal or maternal grandfather of the prospective member met these qualifications he would also be eligible.”

http://www.iajgs.org/ – The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies – The IAJGS is an organization of organizations. It was formed in the late 1980’s to provide a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advance our genealogical avocation, and to coordinate items such as the annual Jewish Genealogy Conference.

http://www.feefhs.org/ – Federation of East European Family History Societies – “(FEEFHS) was organized in 1992 as an umbrella organization that promotes family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. It provides a forum for individuals and organizations focused on a single country or group of people to exchange information and be updated on developments in the field. While it primarily serves the interests of North Americans in tracing their lineages back to a European homeland, it welcomes members from all countries.

MILITARY RECORDS:

www.floridamemory.com/Collections/PensionFiles – This is a website where you can look up the Confederate pensions in Florida that were authorized in 1885 and granted to veterans the sum of just $5.00 per month.  Not much today but a lot of money then!

http://aad.archives.gov/aad/index.jsp – Wars/International Relations: Including Civil War, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Diplomatic Records…
Genealogy/ Personal History: Including Casualties, Civilians, Military Personnel, Passenger Lists, Prisoners of War.

http://vvof.org/vvoflink.htm – Links for various branches of the military.

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ Request Copies of Military Personnel Records

EASTERN EUROPEAN FAMILY HISTORY:

http://www.feefhs.org/ – Federation of East European Family History Societies is one of personal favorites because a large part of my family is from Eastern Europe.  Great website with wonderful databases to assist you!

http://www.archives.com/experts/alzo-lisa/eastern-european-genealogy-resources.html – Great list of Eastern European Links!  Great variety of locations!

BLACK FAMILY HISTORY:

http://www.afrigeneas.com/ – “AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African-American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.

http://www.africanaheritage.com/ – The University of South Florida has created the Africana Heritage Project.  This is a wonderful website with articles, facts and research helps about African-American ancestry.  Click on “Enter the Research Library” in the left hand menu and it will take you to lots of information and links to help you with your research!  Please take a look!

http://www.ccharity.com/ – Christine’s Genealogy Website is a great resource for Black history and Genealogy. I highly recommend it!

CUBAN FAMILY HISTORY:

http://www.cubagenweb.org/ – Cuban Genealogy Center – Resources for those searching for their Cuban roots. Lots of great information for Cuban ancestry.

http://www.cubangenclub.org/ – Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami Florida.  Offers membership, cemetery records, family tree index, and links.

www.kindredtrails.com/cuba.html – Kindred Trails has many resources for those with Cuban ancestry.  Including maps, cultural info., and other links.

genforum.genealogy.com/cuba – This is a forum that you can go to so that you can write to others online about your Cuban genealogy.

HISPANIC/LATIN HISTORY:

www.hispanicgenealogy.com – Hispanic Genealogy Center Web Page looks like a great website. Covers Hispanic/Latin family history.

www.cyndislist.com/spain/ – Various links for people with ancestors from Spain.

CARIBBEAN FAMILY HISTORY:

www.candoo.com/genresources/index.html – Caribbean Genealogy Links sorted by Countries.

JEWISH FAMILY HISTORY:

http://www.jewishgen.org/ – The primary internet source connecting researchers of Jewish genealogy worldwide.   A spectacular amount of research information for anyone with Jewish ancestors!

http://www.jgsny.org/ – The Jewish Genealogical Society.  Lot’s of great information, especially in the New York area.

http://www.stevemorse.org/ – Has lots of great links!

ITALIAN FAMILY HISTORY:

http://www.italiangenealogy.com – Italian Family History resources. Great information!

http://www.myitalianfamily.com/ – Lots of genealogy information, dual citizenship info.,  Italian recipes, translations, and record requests.

www.daddezio.com/italgen.html – Wonderful resource with many links to get information about your Italian Ancestry.

www.italian-club.org – A wonderful Italian club that helps preserve and honor their Italian ancestry. Great website.

ASIAN FAMILY HISTORY:

http://www.cyndislist.com/asia – Asian & Pacific genealogy links.

Your Genealogy Help Source

Hey There!  I’m Kelly Whitelock and I absolutely L-O-V-E genealogy!  I’ve been doing genealogy research for over 20 years and foresee myself never stopping!

Volunteering in our church’s (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Family History Center for about 6 years taught me a ton about researching genealogy.  Luckily, this has helped me to teach others and share the tips & tricks that I’ve picked up along the way.

This website is dedicated to my students and anyone else that may benefit from it.  I’m always open for suggestions of content that might be helpful, so please let me know if you would like me to add something!

Prepare yourself, genealogy is very addictive!  Getting to know about the lives of your ancestors, through records, will lead you to new information that will lead you to more questions.  Then, that will lead you to more answers  that will lead you to new questions.  See the vicious cycle that we get into?!?!

I really want to help you be successful with your research and find the joy in researching your ancestors history while getting to know their stories. It is absolutely possible to feel a kinship with those ancestors that have gone before us. There is no greater satisfaction either, at least in my opinion!

Please check in regularly for new information.  Tell others about our website too!