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Robertases
07 March 2005, 10:15 PM
Hi, I have been using Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. I would like to find out if there are any sites connected with Reunion or is it simply a place to document your family? I am new to Reunion. I have an old imac and purchased Reunion 7 several years past, but never used it. Now I want to try to use it, but I would like to know how people search online? Thanks

Rauser
07 March 2005, 10:19 PM
Hi, I have been using Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. I would like to find out if there are any sites connected with Reunion or is it simply a place to document your family? I am new to Reunion. I have an old imac and purchased Reunion 7 several years past, but never used it. Now I want to try to use it, but I would like to know how people search online? Thanks

No need for me to speak for the fine folks at Leister, as they have already disclosed their philosophy about this at the following site:

http://www.leisterpro.com/doc/whatreunionisnot.php

dcosten
07 March 2005, 11:00 PM
Now I want to try to use it, but I would like to know how people search online? I think most people are using a combination of the two sites you mentioned, Google, Rootsweb.net (which is run by Ancestry :-/ ), plus HeritageQuest.com. Rauser pointed you to just exactly what Reunion is (or rather isn't).

I know several of the Windows-based genealogy programs can do semi-automatic searches (or even automatic), and maybe it's just me, but that seems like it could lead to a lot of inaccuracy if your not careful. Computers do a poor job of determining if somebody is related or not, and unfortunately I've known more than a few people who will blindly import the returned data from those searches and then realize they have a lot of pruning to do.

tomaso
07 March 2005, 11:13 PM
Hello,
You can start off with: http://www.cyndislist.com/

tomaso
07 March 2005, 11:25 PM
I think most people are using a combination of the two sites you mentioned, Google, Rootsweb.net (which is run by Ancestry :-/ ), plus HeritageQuest.com. Rauser pointed you to just exactly what Reunion is (or rather isn't).

I know several of the Windows-based genealogy programs can do semi-automatic searches (or even automatic), and maybe it's just me, but that seems like it could lead to a lot of inaccuracy if your not careful. Computers do a poor job of determining if somebody is related or not, and unfortunately I've known more than a few people who will blindly import the returned data from those searches and then realize they have a lot of pruning to do.

Thanks for the link to MacGenealogy.org

krismkbjtk
08 March 2005, 12:08 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a great searchable site, www.familysearch.org. It also has resources to help with specific geographical research. You still have to put the information into Reunion yourself.

Jane
08 March 2005, 06:38 PM
Hi, I have been using Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. I would like to find out if there are any sites connected with Reunion or is it simply a place to document your family? I am new to Reunion. I have an old imac and purchased Reunion 7 several years past, but never used it. Now I want to try to use it, but I would like to know how people search online? Thanks

I find it helpful to have subscriptions to both Genealogy.com and Ancestry.com. Sometimes one search engine is better than the other. But for printing census sheets, the best print seems to be available through HeritageQuest. HeritageQuest can usually be accessed by logging in through your local library's website. You must have a current library card to use that route. But it's free. I download the page using the PDF option and the take the page to Acrobat, Photoshop, or iphoto to crop out all the black border. I get a full page 8 1/2 x 11 print out that I am able to read (most of the time) and can file to use as a part of a "package" I give to people supporting my research.

Gary Linn
08 March 2005, 08:59 PM
Thanks, Jane.

Simple, but quite helpful. It works.

Steve W. Jackson
09 March 2005, 12:15 PM
I think most people are using a combination of the two sites you mentioned, Google, Rootsweb.net (which is run by Ancestry :-/ ), plus HeritageQuest.com. Rauser pointed you to just exactly what Reunion is (or rather isn't).

I understand the reticence of many to trust in commercial businesses for handling much of our genealogy data. I am among those who have distaste for the way that so much has been sold by some of them. But I feel it's only fair to point out that RootsWeb is supported financially by MyFamily, Inc. (the company behind Ancestry.com) but not managed by them. The people who maintain RootsWeb proudly point out that they are the oldest and largest "FREE" genealogy site. They were in danger of folding for lack of money before the Ancestry.com folks got involved with money. They provide an outstanding service to the community, and I hope that Ancestry will continue to take a hands-off approach.

= Steve =

swannyt
09 March 2005, 07:11 PM
Free research is great!!! rootsweb.com is a home page which can lead you to many things which include the Social Security Death index, and many forums in which I have obtained information about family members not listed anywhere. I've contacted states, counties, and other countries and have found wonderful information and also met people willing to do research for me. Today I was connected to Cottonwood County, Minn www.rootsweb,com/~mncotto2/ where someone is entering all the 1895 census records by township within the county and they have the land records online where I found 3 of my relatives who purchased land in the 1880's and there was an actual copy of the document for me to download. Google search for a name can bring interesting results. genforum/genealogy.com/(your family name) can also bring some intresting results. Libraries are a wonderful source both on and off line. Check to see what databases are available for free from your local library. Good luck on your search

Betty Miessner
09 March 2005, 08:19 PM
Hi, I have been using Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. I would like to find out if there are any sites connected with Reunion or is it simply a place to document your family? I am new to Reunion. I have an old imac and purchased Reunion 7 several years past, but never used it. Now I want to try to use it, but I would like to know how people search online? Thanks
Ancestry and Genealogy sites and their affiliates are ok up to a point - I've found quite a number of mistakes researchers have posted for the families I'm searching. And remember, the LDS IGI sources can be in error, too. The USGenWeb site is quite good - an ongoing project which will link you to state sites, census records, etc. And it's free. URL: http://www.usgenweb.org
But nothing takes the place of primary sources - bibles, wills, deeds, court records, etc.

Searching:Tydings, Younger, Wrightson, Lowe, Harrison, Graham, Haddaway, Werner, Burke

Mike Stephens
09 March 2005, 08:48 PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a great searchable site, www.familysearch.org. It also has resources to help with specific geographical research. You still have to put the information into Reunion yourself.
The FamilySearch site can be very useful but be careful. Some of the information is not accurate. It is not difficult to find people married at age five or mothers giving birth at age 60. Having said that, the FamilySearch database provided one of my biggest breakthroughs when I discovered four generations of my family tree. It pointed me in the right direction and I was able to obtain and verify more accurate information.

SVass
09 March 2005, 10:49 PM
Two suggestions:

If you have Jewish ancestors use Jewishgen.org (Note that they have resources for finding towns in Europe and links to Ellis Island via Morse) and if you live in the United States visit your public library and see if they have subscriptions to genealogy sites such as Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. That makes it "free" as your tax dollars paid for it. sam (Another suggestion-flash memory keychain drives for $20 make it easy to carry info from the LDS or the library to your home.)

Bob Goode
10 March 2005, 01:32 AM
The previous posts have provided you with great sites and information about the difference between the "free" sites and the commercial sites.
I am sure you will also do the field research; i.e., court houses and libraries, because while the internet sites provide tremendous amount of data, unfortunately, too much of it is either incorrect or undocumented. Reunion provides a great source citation feature to document your data as you collect it.

Lil
10 March 2005, 03:53 PM
Don't miss out on the interesting information you can gain from www.usgenweb.com, a volunteer supported site that connects states and conties around the U.S. I've found a lot of interesting items in county sites, and have contributed information and photos directly to them from my own personal family files.

Don Tibbits
10 March 2005, 07:40 PM
As a Reunion user and member and a devotee to the Mac, I have the urge to humbly offer my genealogy portal website, even though it's a bit premature. Try this if you get a chance..
http://www.libraryofgenealogy.com/
This is not my personal genealogy site, which is found by clicking on my name in Reuniontalk.
Don

Frank Mitchell
12 March 2005, 03:43 AM
....Now I want to try to use it, but I would like to know how people search online? Thanks

If anyone is researching in the British Isles a good site to look at is

http://www.genuki.org.uk/

It is run by members of several Family History Societies in the UK

martha
14 March 2005, 08:27 AM
Hi, I have been using Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. I would like to find out if there are any sites connected with Reunion or is it simply a place to document your family? I am new to Reunion. I have an old imac and purchased Reunion 7 several years past, but never used it. Now I want to try to use it, but I would like to know how people search online? Thanks

It seems to me that there are scads of sites, but it depends upon your area and ethnicity of interest as to what sites could be recommended.In the field of Jewish genealogy, which is all I know, I would start at www.jewishgen.org and go on from there.

Martha

Edward Linggi
15 March 2005, 08:44 PM
I need some help finding information from the New York, New York Court of Common Pleas. This is for the naturalization of my ggfather. Is there information online?Or a site that deals only with naturalization? Thank You

Bill McQuary
16 March 2005, 11:46 AM
Let me offer this invaluable resource for researchers whose ancestors were among the early pioneers, The Official Federal Land Patent Record Site:

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

This free, searchable site contains government land records of anyone who was first to file a homestead on Federal land during the Westward Expansion (generally west of the Appalachians).

Good Luck,
Bill

conniegene
18 March 2005, 02:22 PM
Let me offer this invaluable resource for researchers whose ancestors were among the early pioneers, The Official Federal Land Patent Record Site:

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/Thanks Bill! I was able to immediately find my grandfather and my great grandfather in Montana. We are going through this summer and may be able to stop!

Sharon Lunde
14 April 2005, 12:57 PM
The following sites are excellent if you are researching Norway or the Netherlands.

Genlias.nl has marriage records for the 1800's for the Netherlands. Also some birth and death records. It is fairly easy to navigate and has an English translation.

Digitalarkivet.uib.no (Digital Archives) has census records, immigration records, tax records etc for Norway. It is slightly difficult to navigate, but with a little patience you learn how to use it. It also has an English translation. Patrinomics make it a little more difficult to find the families in the 1800's and before.
Make use of the "starts with" feature as there are spelling errors etc.

Betty Miessner
26 May 2005, 08:40 PM
There's a new on-line source for researching your New England ancestors.

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/SearchWelcome.html

This will give you info on colonial/provincial Massachusetts records, 1629-1799; also new is the Index to Passenger Manifests: 1848-1891. The latter is an ongoing project; please read the introductory remarks.

Betty M.
Searching Burke, Werner (Massachusetts, Illinois) Tydings (Maryland)

AlanDrake
13 June 2005, 06:50 PM
Let me offer this invaluable resource for researchers whose ancestors were among the early pioneers, The Official Federal Land Patent Record Site:

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

This free, searchable site contains government land records of anyone who was first to file a homestead on Federal land during the Westward Expansion (generally west of the Appalachians)...13 June 2005 UPDATE.

Just to let you know, this site is currently unavailable. You'll get this message:

We apologize but the page you are seeking is currently unavailable. We are restoring elements of our site as they become available.

Bob Partridge
10 September 2005, 09:51 PM
Hi-

I've found the following resources excellent (in addition to the ones in prior messages):

1) Genealogy Resources on the Internet: http://www-personal.umich.edu/

2) If you are tracing any ancestors in England, Scotland, Ireland, the UK and Ireland Genealogical Information Service: http://www.genuki.org.uk/ is EXCELLENT! There are 20 pp of free sites, many of whom have useful message boards where members give feedback and some members check census records for you.

3) KindredTrails: free forms and charts.

4) The USGenWebProject: www.usgenweb.org

5) Family History: www.pro.gov.uk/FamilyHistory/starthere.htm

6) Many US state websites have genealogy resources for that state as well as historical information, cemetary lists, etc., i.e.: http://www.delaware.gov/

Good luck, Bob

kyuck
12 September 2005, 12:08 AM
I've found the following resources excellent (in addition to the ones in prior messages):
5) Family History: www.pro.gov.uk/FamilyHistory/starthere.htm
The URL of this site has changed to:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/familyhistory/guide/default.htm

An excellent site.

Kevan

fmlyhntr
14 September 2005, 10:46 AM
Two excellent sites for Danish research are:

http://ddd.sa.dk/ an online index to many (and someday, all) the Danish censuses.

And

http://www.arkivalieronline.dk/default.aspx
They are attempting to post images to Danish church and censuses. You have to register, but it is free. (They are slowly putting together an English page.) It helps to know where you need to look (page # and/or dates).

Christina

martha
14 September 2005, 12:27 PM
Hi-

I've found the following resources excellent (in addition to the ones in prior messages):

1) Genealogy Resources on the Internet: http://www-personal.umich.edu/ <...>

Bob, this brings up a page with the following information on it:
"You have reached the personal homepage server for the University of Michigan.

UM Gateway
The UM Gateway, http://www.umich.edu/, is an entry point to networked information created or maintained by units of the University.

Access Statistics
Access statistics for www.umich.edu and www-personal.umich.edu. Note: The Access Log Gateway is accessibly only on campus or with a valid UM uniqname & password.

CGI Programs
CGI programs available for use on the UM World Wide Web servers."

It looks like you can do that from your campus but not from your home computer.

Martha [in Israel]

Rauser
19 September 2005, 02:29 AM
The UofM website link was munged, here is the full link:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~cgaunt/gen_web.html

Tony Gott
12 January 2006, 04:57 AM
For anyone with any Shetland ancestry then they might try my free site:
http://www.bayanne.info/Shetland
This does have a fairly good coverage of the whole county, and those who since left in the great diaspora....