If you have U.S. ancestors, Michael Hait's new book, Online State Resources for Genealogy, is one to add to your genealogy bookshelf. With 784 pages of resources and hyperlinks you are sure to find something new. As I browsed through the book (starting at the back of course) the very first page I looked at had a hyperlink to the Tacoma Area Obituaries Database which helped me with my Martin Brown family case.
Here's the official description:
784 pages | Published August 2012 | PDF (download-only) edition with hyperlinks
The emergence of the Internet has led to many online resources for genealogical research. Subscription genealogy websites, such as Ancestry.com, Fold3, GenealogyBank, and others, have grown to fill the market for record indexes and images online. Free genealogy sites, such as Find-A-Grave and the U. S. GenWeb Project, have employed the work of tireless volunteers over the years to provide record transcriptions online at no cost. FamilySearch, a product of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, aspires to combine the best of both, providing record indexes and images online at no cost. None of these sites will be examined in this book. Many researchers are unaware of the sheer volume and variety of records that have been brought online, at no cost, by government agencies and others active in individual towns, counties, and states. This book will provide a directory to sites that offer record images and indexes nationwide, including state archives, state libraries, state health departments, county clerks, historical societies, genealogical societies, university libraries, public libraries, and others. This e-book contains active links to almost 6,000 separate online resources available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It is available as a PDF downloadable e-book, so that all you have to do is click on the hyperlinks to access the websites described.
About the author
Michael Hait, a certified genealogist, has over ten years of research experience on families from Connecticut to South Carolina to Tennessee. He serves as the vice-president of the National Capital Area chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is the author of The Family History Research Toolkit and Online State Resources for Genealogy. He is also the author and instructor for the "Research: African-American Ancestors" course at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and the coordinator of the resource library for Lowcountry Africana.
Register for Michael's upcoming webinars:
- What is a 'Reasonably Exhaustive Search'? presented on September 12, 2012.
- Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research, presented on October 24, 2012.