Prompt: Write about your favorite genealogy web sites. It seems like a new web site pops up every day. Tell us about the ones you like best.
I have a handful of websites that I use regularly and are bookmarked in my Firefox browser’s bookmark toolbar.
Ancestry – Great starting place to find an array of information. From censuses, to passenger lists, to city directories, to BMD records. If I’m just starting a search for a particular person, I typically start here.
Family Search – This is usually my second stop, particularly the pilot search. I have found several birth and marriage records for Cook County, Illinois (even though the collections are not yet complete) and BMD records for Michigan.
GenealogyBank – Oh the number of obituaries I have found here! Love it. I will typically use this site when I have a death date figured out. I’ve not used the historical newspapers too much, as I find searches are a little harder since it is searching an image (using OCR??) as opposed to the other collection, which searches actual text.
Find A Grave – What a wonderful concept! I have used this site to find gravestone photos/transcriptions for many of my relatives. I am also a contributor.
Footnote – I don’t use this one as often (although, I should since I pay for a subscription!!). I have been able to find Revolutionary War information of relatives, but haven’t had much luck in other resources. I also contribute information to this site.
Newspaper Archive – Another one that I have a paid subscription for that I don’t use too often. There is a lot of great information out there, but I haven’t had much luck for my own research.