Pilgrim Hall Museum maintains a website full of interesting entries. I had never heard of King Phillips's War and found more than I wanted to know about this very bloody Indian conflict in New England.
Pilgrim Hall was built in 1824. Their mission is to protect and foster the Pilgrim heritage as a dynamic national resource.
My curator colleague Erin Spiceland turned me on to:
Surname Database: Last Name Origins
A database of 50000 surname meanings, containing information on the last name origins and the surnames earliest recordings.
This adress is Wiki, but implies family trees definitely.
I really like that list. As we know, Wikipedia is not a valid **genealogical** source, but it certainly is becoming a better and better **historical** reference. And the page you pinpointed is a really good overview.
This looks like a misspelling but I copy/pasted it:
Found family bible info on there so may be something rare there, too!
In building my tree, as soon as I hit the Civil War era, I went to look for my ancestors and their cousins in this essential database:
Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System
I got enough information to progress backwards in time to where I could use the Daughters of the American Revolution database:
Still looking for a good one for the War of 1812, if anyone has a comprehensive site to suggest.
Here are some biographies from that War:
This site isn't helpful but it is funny:
This site is new to me but I thought it might be helpful:
Hope these sites weren't already mentioned. Too busy at work to read the whole thread just yet. Can't wait to retire!
I got inspired by this discussion, so I made my own Geni toolbar for my browser.
This is just for my own personal use, but maybe gives a idea to the Geni staff
Here is video of it in action
Marsha Gail Veazey
After retirement I hope to spend more time in old graveyards, musty courthouses and library microfilm collections. The web is such a fastastic tool but occasionally the answer can only be found the old-fashioned way.
Here is few that has not been mention
Iceland Census Database (English Language option):
Släktsdata : Swedish free family resource databse (Swedish language only)
Danish Archives (Most in danish):
British census (do search and you will get census reports with image of the page):
I have been working on the Brockett line for a couple of days. The Brocketts were one of the original settlers of New Haven, CT. I have two excellent resources for those also working on this line.
http://www.wheathampstead.net/brockett/index.htm -- Proves the lineage of John Brockett of New Haven back to 1363.
http://books.google.com/books?id=Qz42AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA227&lpg=... -- This is a Google Book which can be converted to a PDF file for ease of use. It fills in gaps and fleshes out siblings from the first source. Wonderful old illustrations of the ancestral homes.
Biographies of Federal judges, going back to beginning of Federal System.
We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. We also provide image access to more than three million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Currently, we are adding images of Military Land Warrants. These land patents were issued to individuals as a reward for their military service. Images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810, are added to the site state-by-state as each state's documents are completed.
Just as an explanation: if you have an ancestor who took advantage of the Homestead Act, you have a good chance of easily finding that information in this wonderful US govt resource.
The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), and gazetteers. It also includes some specialized collections such as the Filipino card collection and the “Liahona Elders Journal.”
History, maps, genealogy and more for Kent, Surrey and Sussex,England.
Their motto is The Weald is "the place where London ends and England can begin" Has alphabetical list of prominent or historical families, with sources for their data. Their portrait collection is gorgeous!
On swedish page, just go to Sökning tab and use that
Here is some translation of the options on the search page:
Förnamn = First name
Far = Father
Efternamn = Surname
Församling = Church District/County
Titel = Title
Årtal = Year
Född = Born
Vigd = Marriage
Död = Dead
Husf = Census
Flytt = Moved
University of Hull Royal Genealogical Data
For those who are looking for a fabulous source for genealogical records and histories, or even just a history of a particular historical family, please do go to www.archive.org and type the name you are looking for into the search box. There are some fabulous sources in there, and it's also a good place to find books that you have located on Google Books and are in the public domain, but haven't as yet been transferred to the "full view" option.
I usually locate books on Google Books, but download from www.archive.org in djvu format because you can search the text in this format, where you can't search for text amongst the pic's in pdf format. Hope I'm making sense here!! Anyway, djvu allows you to copy text really easily. For those using Adobe Acrobat for pdf files, you might want to consider downloading the free Foxit reader, which also allows you to take text from pdf files. :))
archive.org offers downloads in various formats, or you can read a book online, if you wish. :))
Plantagenets: for those researching the Plantagenets, please do check out this link, for "The Plantagenet Roll of the royal blood". Stacks of genealogical charts which can, of course, be extracted either as text or images, depending on which branch you are concentrating on. :))