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    Genealogy Links

    These links are provided for your convenience. They are not maintained by the Warren Public Library. We are not responsible for their content. As with any information you may encounter on the Worldwide Web, please remember that it may not be accurate. Always document any information you use with a reputable source.

    ACCESS PA
    http://www.accesspa.state.pa.us/
    Although not a genealogy site, you can search for books available at other libraries dealing with genealogy, county histories, family histories, etc. These can then be requested through Interlibrary Loan at your local library. Note: Not all libraries will loan all of their books. Even though a book may be listed on ACCESS PA, there are instances when it cannot be obtained.

    Ancestors
    http://www.byubroadcasting.org/ancestors/
    Originally created as an online companion to Ancestors, the PBS television series about tracing family histories, this site offers an impressive array of family research resources and a Teacher’s Guide with materials available for classroom use.

    Afrigeneas: African Ancestored Genealogy
    http://www.afrigeneas.com/
    African-based genealogy forum includes surname databases, slave ship logs, census reports beginning in 1840, a Beginner’s Guide, and chat rooms.

    An American Adventure
    http://www.phillipsplace.net/genealogy/
    Index to a collections of surnames linked to genealogical records. Index includes geographic access.

    ARIAS (Pennsylvania's Digital State Archives)
    http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp
    The Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS). Designed to facilitate citizen access to archival records created by all branches and levels of Pennsylvania State Government. Records currently online or in the process of being digitized include service medal application files from World War I and veteran's records from military campaigns as far back as 1775.

    Cemetery Records Online
    http://www.interment.net/
    2.5 million records from over 4400 cemeteries worldwide.

    Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
    http://www.cyndislist.com/
    Over 73,000 links that are categorized by type or geographic region. Cyndi's webpage has a great reputation for being well maintained.

    Dear Myrtle's Daily Genealogy Column
    http://www.dearmyrtle.com/
    Current articles, news, and links of genealogical interest from AOL.

    Family Search
    http://www.familysearch.org/
    Family Search is a search engine created by the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) that allows you to search their Ancestral File, International Genealogist Index, and Pedegree Resource File using first and last names. It will also allow you to search for web sites (by last name only).

    Family Tree Magazine
    http://www.familytreemagazine.com
    A bimonthly publication offering excerpts from the print edition, Ethnic Toolkits, tips for researching ethnic and immigrant heritage, downloadable research forms and links to 101 genealogy web sites. Visitors can also subscribe to the free online newsletter.

    About Genealogy
    http://genealogy.about.com
    A wealth of features useful for searching maps, census resources, wills and property records, countries, ethnicity and famous ancestors.

    GenealogySpot
    http://www.genealogyspot.com
    Categorized gateway to online genealogy resources for novices and experienced genealogists alike

    Genealogy Today
    http://www.genealogytoday.com
    Excellent gateway to online genealogy resources. Offers a primer on family research, special tools for family historians, a Jr. section for children tracing their family tree and other unique features.

    Genealogy.org
    http://www.genealogy.org/?start=100&week
    Links to over 1800 sites having relevancy to genealogical subjects including family history. Ranks the sites by tracking the number of times each site is accessed in the current week.

    Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online
    http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/tgn/

    National Genealogical Society
    http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/
    Offers leads to a collection of useful topics, including Immigration Research, an online course about how to conduct your research, numbering systems used in genealogy, the National Geographic Hall of Fame.

    National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy Page
    http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/index.html
    FAQs, hints, and links for accessing historical and census data from the National Archives. Also links for accessing individual military records and military unit histories.

    PaGenWeb: Pennsylvania Genealogy - Warren County
    www.pagenweb.org/~warren/
    This site is part of the USGenWeb Project and is the State resource for Pennsylvania research.

    Rootsweb:
    http://www.rootsweb.com/
    "Rootsweb is the oldest and largest FREE genealogy site." Even though this site is now sponsored by MyFamily.com, it is still free. Rootsweb is a great place for novices and experts alike. This is the home of Roots Surname & Location lists. Excellent source for locating others who are researching the same families. Gives contact information so users can share research. It contains a variety of “how-to’s” and numerous resources leading to personal connections with possible relatives researching the same Surnames or areas of the country. Their WorldConnect Project contains “36+ Million Names Linked in Family Trees,” and Genseeker, which contains “500,000 documents.” There are links to all areas of the country to search posted queries or to leave one of your own. Warren County’s Rootsweb Page: contains histories, biographies, obituaries, cemetery listings, and photos for the Warren County area in addition to the usual queries and surname index pages.

    Rootsweb also sponsors the US GenWeb which includes the Census Project, in which volunteers are transcribing the official census for online perusal, the Tombstone Project, surveys of cemetery headstone transcriptions, and numerous other links to special historical and genealogical resources submitted by volunteers form all over the world. Although this links specifically to the US pages, which are then separated into states and counties, they also have links to countries all over the world.

    The Soundex Machine
    http://resources.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/soundexconverter
    "The Soundex is a coded last name (surname) index based on the way a name sounds rather than the way it is spelled. Surnames that sound the same, but are spelled differently, like SMITH and SMYTH, have the same code and are filed together. The Soundex coding system was developed so that you can find a surname even though it may have been recorded under various spellings. Knowing a surname's Soundex code is an important first step in research using NARA's census microfilm holdings (1880-1920)."

    SurnameWeb
    http://www.surnameweb.org
    Millions of surname records and genealogy links.  Free web space to post your own photos and family tree. Includes message boards and chat rooms and Cyberoots, an online journal. Essays cover book recommendations, web resources, obtaining and interpreting government records and more.

    Vital Records Information for Pennsylvania
    http://vitalrec.com/pa.html
    This site contains information on how and where to obtain vital records at the state and county levels. It also includes a link to other states.

    Warren County Historical Society
    http://www.warrenhistory.org/
    Located at 210 Fourth Avenue in Warren, PA, the Historical Society has many useful local resources of interest to genealogists. They also have a card file index for newspaper clippings, family donations and other local historical items. “Stepping Stones,” the local society’s magazine, is published 3 times each year.