My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Free Genealogy Sites -- Follow Friday

Often, I come across great genealogy sites and don't know where to keep the links, usually, I just store them in a miscellaneous file, where they get forgotten or just hard to locate when I need them. Recently, I've discovered some really good, free blogs or free pages, and decided to make it easy on myself by posting here. These aren't just for me, but for others to see and use as well. Only the areas where I have ancestors will be posted, and I intend to leave comments about them.

From the Weekly Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society's free newsletter of July 11, 2012, two very useful sites:

Genealogy Book Links*
Wisconsin County Histories**

Vital Records of Simsbury, CT  Cemetery Records***

A History of Rochester and Monroe county, New York, Volume 2 by William Farley Peck (google book)
*Mollie Lynch of Clarkston, Michigan: 
As a retired librarian, I needed a hobby and wanted to assist people doing genealogical research so I started I began locating and providing links to freely available digital books, focusing on American biographies, genealogies, and history books. Today there are over 30,000 links from more than 35 sources (only the top sources are listed on the site). The current focus is on surnames, directories, vital records, and identifying smaller sites with local area-specific books." What a great site!

**Dee Grimsrud, a retired Wisconsin Historical Society archivist from Madison, Wisconsin: 
"The Wisconsin Historical Society has numerous county histories scanned, searchable, and free." My 3rd great-grandfather, Maj. George Anderson died in Madison, Wisconsin.

***"This record has been compiled using the following resources: Simsbury Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions, Simsbury, CT. 1688-2000 compiled by Joyce Cahill (names and dates only, these are not the exact transcriptions." I used this site quite a bit prior to my visit to this cemetery. I have 151 names who have lived in Simsbury.

****My 2nd great-grandfather, William Frederick Poole was married in Rochester, New York.