Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:
1) What are your “Favorite” genealogy websites? What ones do you have in your web browser “Bookmarks” or “Favorites” bar or listing?
2) Please list them in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post. Please leave a link to your work in a comment on this post.
Perhaps we can help each other, and our readers, find some new resources!
On my bookmarks bar I have the following:
These are: Gmail, Imported from IE folder, Google Maps, Facebook, Feedly, OneDrive, Ancestry, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, Unsplash and the arrows at the side are to my My Heritage Family Tree and Farm Town Free Gifts.
I don’t use all of these every day. The ones I do use every day are Gmail, Facebook, and Feedly, and I use OneDrive most days to back up my files from the previous day. My morning routine is to back up the previous days research to OneDrive and my portable hard drive, check Gmail for new emails, go through my Feedly feed to read posts from the blogs I follow, and then to Facebook, to go through the posts on there. I go back and check them during the day as well.
The Imported from IE folder has all my other bookmarks, which is divided into two subfolders: Family History and Money. The Family History folder is then divided into further subfolders: BDM, Cemeteries and Censuses, Main Genealogy Sites, Miscellaneous and My Sites.
The BDM folder has links to:
WA Online Indexes (Western Australia)
FreeReg Parish register transcripts for the United Kingdom
FreeBMD (England and Wales)
NSW Family History Search (New South Wales)
Genealogy SA (South Australia)
QLD Family History Research (Queensland)
GRO Online Ordering Service (General Register Office, England and Wales)
The Cemeteries and Censuses folder has links to
FreeCen Census transcripts for the United Kingdom
GMCT Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Melbourne, Victoria)
SMCT Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Melbourne, Victoria)
MCB Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (Perth, Western Australia)
Of the links in the Main Genealogy Websites folder, the ones I use the most are:
Ancestry (Although I generally use the link on my bookmarks bar, and at the moment I don’t have a subscription, so I am using the State Library of Victoria’s Ancestry Library Edition)
Of the links in the Miscellaneous folder, the ones I use the most are:
PROV Public Record Office Victoria
I have other websites I use that aren’t in my bookmarks. I found when I was going through my bookmarks that I had bookmarks I didn’t know I had, and some bookmarks were no longer valid. This is because I generally find it quicker and easier to type the name of the site into Google, rather than go through the bookmarks. I have a page set up on my blog Free websites for family history research, with the websites I have used so far in my genealogy do-over, and a separate page for Cemetery Records. I also have other websites I have used in the past in the Resources section of my blog. I don’t have any for DNA, as I haven’t done my DNA yet.