Two Hundred Years of Our American Families
FamilySearch.com, the FREE genealogical resources of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), mostly taken from the 1880 Census. The search uses Soundex so is useful for screening for names to use in more exacting programs such as HeritageQuest.
If you're going to seriously do genealogy, you need to get a membership here. You can try it out for one month, though I buy the basic year at a time. Their databases are unparalleled, and they are always improving, and adding more.
GenForum Message Boards @ Genealogy.com, I use this mostly for the message boards. I've had some successes in connecting with distant cousins with whom I was able to exchange photographs and information.
Rootsweb.com, message boards, regional records, and all kinds of useful resources.
HeritageQuest, check *FIRST* with your local library. Some states and counties provide their invaluable records free to members.
MyFamily.com, create your own private family website, host family trees, photos, etc.
Naming Patterns and the Stewart Family
Disease, Death, and Ruin Over the Past Two Hundred Years
Knowing when and where major epidemics occurred may help explain deaths in a family history.
A glossary of archaic medical terms, diseases and causes of death.
Economic Depressions of the 19th and 20th Centuries
"Every one of the cyclical depressions of the 19th century (1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, 1893) had a major effect on the politics of the United States, as did, of course, the only great depression of the 20th century, in 1929."
Other Useful Tools and Resources
Dawes Rolls, for searching for Native Americans
Time and Date.com, for manipulating dates in the past
Dating Old Photographs
Migrations Project, Migrations of different families to and across the U.S.
Comparing the purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies) from 1665 to 2003.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System
Look up your ancestors from the Civil War
Deciphering Documents and Manuscripts
Missing Family Members
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