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Leofric
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 06:30 PM
http://www.ancestry.com/
http://www.ancestry.co.uk/
http://www.ancestry.ca/
Not everything on this site is accurate, since a lot of it is user-submitted information, but it can be a good start. Don't try to search yourself, your parents, or your grandparents — living people usually aren't listed for privacy reasons. But it can be surprising what you can find even for your great grandparents. It can make a good start.

http://www.familysearch.org/
Here's another site that's pretty similar, but it's all integrated instead of having different versions for different countries.

http://www.google.com/
This may seem strange to some, but I've found it to be pretty helpful for some more distant ancestors. For example, I'm descended from the Sacketts in England that Louis L'amour made famous here in America. I don't know a lot about them because they're considered a somewhat minor line in our family. But for my distant cousins who still keep the name, they're not minor at all. By googling the name, I found a lot of good information from the living Sacketts' site about how our common ancestors came to America all those centuries ago and some more of their history back in England.

Google is also helpful for finding the stories about your ancestors. That means so much more to me than a name on a pedigree chart. I want to know what their lives were like. You'll find that you have a lot of unknown cousins whose branches of the family have kept some of those stories alive.

http://www.genealogy.com/index_r.html
I think this is a paid site, which seems silly to me, since there's so much free information available. But if you feel more comfortable paying money to get to know your family, then go for it. It also highlights celebrity pedigrees — artists, athletes, historical figures, governmental leaders, royalty, and so forth.

http://www.genhomepage.com/
This is a kind of collection of links to other resources, something like this post is trying to be. It has links to genealogical libraries, which usually own family histories and histories of regions and so forth. It's a pretty good collection of links.




If anyone else knows of good genealogical resources, feel free to post them here!

Enjoy getting to know your ancestors! :thumbup

Zyklop
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 06:34 PM
Origins and meanings of family names (http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/Fact.aspx?fid=10&ln=) (thanks to Raven)

Distribution maps for British (http://www.spatial-literacy.org/UCLnames/Surnames.aspx), French (http://www.notrefamille.com/v2/services-nom-de-famille/nom.asp), German (http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/v3/Default.aspx), Italian (http://gens.labo.net/en/cognomi), Belgian (http://www.familienaam.be/) and Dutch (http://www.familienaam.nl/) family names.
Distribution maps for family names in the US (http://www.gens-us.net/).


"Largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world" (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/default.asp)

Ferryman
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Here's a link to the finnish genealogy association
http://www.genealogia.fi/

The search program for the parish books
http://www.genealogia.fi/hiski?fi In Finnish

http://www.genealogia.fi/hiski?en In English

http://www.genealogia.fi/hiski?se In Swedish

mischak
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Distribution maps for German (http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/v3/Default.aspx), British (http://www.spatial-literacy.org/UCLnames/Surnames.aspx), Italian (http://gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/genera.html), French (http://www.notrefamille.com/v2/services-nom-de-famille/nom.asp), American (http://www.gens-us.net/), Belgian (http://www.familienaam.be/) and Dutch (http://www.familienaam.nl/) family names.

Meaning of family names (http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/Fact.aspx?fid=10&ln=)

"Largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world" (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/default.asp)


Wow for a long time now I've been trying to find some of my ancestors birth places, parents names, relatives, etc. I was mainly using ancestry.com and it wasn't very reliable, especially for non-American records, but that last link is great, but unfortunately it just proved I have Prussian (or where ever the hell "Schrotz" is) ancestry :p:D

Eiríkr
Friday, August 17th, 2007, 04:35 AM
http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/ASP/sId./qx/honsurnamesearch.htm (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hous eofnames.com%2Fxq%2FASP%2FsId.%2Fqx%2Fho nsurnamesearch.htm)

GenWiki has loads of information.

Deutsch: http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/wiki/Hauptseite (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwiki-de.genealogy.net%2Fwiki%2FHauptseite)
English: http://wiki-en.genealogy.net/wiki/Main_Page (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwiki-en.genealogy.net%2Fwiki%2FMain_Page)

Hrodwulf
Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 10:58 AM
You know, I have to say that the amount of online records for Germany are terrible. It's almost like things haven't gotten better since the Internet was created. The vast majority of my research had to be done through Professionals actually IN Germany (and the surrounding areas) in the old school way of whipping out the books and digging through them.

:mad:

Is Genealogy THAT rarely done in Germany, or is it just me?

Loyalist
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007, 05:43 PM
Distribution maps for Ireland:

http://www.ireland.com/ancestor/surname/index.cfm

brianweg
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007, 05:55 PM
So I've found that my maternal grandmother's maiden name (Wolfrum) is highly concentrated in the area of Germany (northeastern Bavaria) that my mom is from. Didn't know that, very neat.

I also confirmed that my last name was (is) common in Ireland, but I already knew that.
Plus I've got people telling me in that classification thread that I look Irish.

Soten
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007, 08:03 PM
WOW. Thanks so much Zyklops for this genealogy resource...within about 10 minutes I've already found out so many things about my own genealogy.

I already knew some basic things about my family and the familes tied to it but now I have stuff going all the way back to the early 1600's in Switzerland.:D

Really, thanks.

Ulvhedin
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008, 02:57 AM
There is some useful genealogy software, but its only for mac so if u a mac user u can get one http://www.onlymac.de/html/stammbaum4en.html
so u can make ur tree with all information, and it will trace all ur relatives on google map. Its German software and its very professional and useful.

Brynhild
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008, 03:37 AM
Excellent! I have been talking to somebody else here recently about my Scottish ancestry, and how I want to probe further into that branch of my family.

Well done Zyklops!

Runesinger
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009, 03:28 AM
I have found the WorldConnect GEDCOM Sharebase (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/) is extremely helpful. It is a cooperative project between Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/) and RootsWeb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/) and is a user-produced shared database. The only drawback is because it's built on user contributions, you have to cross-verify the information.

The advanced search on the WorldConnect Sharebase (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/) is very helpful. Here's the really good part: It's totally FREE!

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Barreldriver
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009, 03:45 AM
For Ohio residents I highly recommend OPLIN to gain access to Heritage Quest Online for free access to Census records:

http://www.heritagequestonline.com.oh0002.oplin .org/hqoweb/library/do/index

Savant
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 12:48 PM
There are so many BS sites which are just trying to sell you a generic coat of arms, or a coffee mug etc. But I was wondering if anyone could recommend some sites with some credibility and integrity with regard to researching surname origins??

Stanley
Friday, January 7th, 2011, 05:04 AM
Your account's inactive, so I'm not sure this is going to help any. But just in case there are others who are curious, here are a couple I've found to be helpful.

http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx