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Research Resources

If you are curious about this whole undertaking and thinking about starting research on a family line not included here, below there are a few suggestions on how and where to get started. This is a fundamental list in no particular order, except to say that the first four on the list are specific to the early Dutch and British colonies and to Pennsylvania.

Sources for specific facts are a part of the database, and can be searched from those pages.

    • Mark’s Miner Descent is a treasure trove of well documented stories about ancestors, many of which we have in common.
    • An incredibly useful and scrupulously documented website is Minisink Valley Genealogy which has satellites full of great resources, from flickr to pinterest.
    • The Boydsnest, a website put together by members of the Boyd family with the most exacting, detailed, thorough documentation of ancestors from the 16th-18th centuries that the mind boggles. Michelle Boyd in particular must have spend years digging up some of her data. For which I am truly thankful.
    • Joyce Tice’s Tri-County Genealogy website is overflowing with everything about Bradford and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Chemung County NY.
    • Bowers’ The Old Homestead, a personal genealogical resources page that is chock full of useful data and documentation
    • Cyndi’s List is the most complete and useful list of genealogy related links on the web.
    • Ellis Island has put most of its historical data online, in searchable format. Access to the data is free, but you must register.
    • The USGenWeb Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone. It offers actual transcriptions of public domain data such as census records, marriage bonds, and wills.
    • FamilySearch is place to start exploring LDS’s genealogical holdings and library.
    • Ancestry.com, which is an online database and expensive, but it has helped me untangle quite a few very recalcitrant knots.
    • American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress and its rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
    • Joe Lieby in the Hudson Valley and Joe deSimone in Italy, both professional genealogists who went digging on my behalf and came up with some important information.