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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Top 5 or 10 Fee-Based Genealogy Sites

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):


1)  Ken McKinlay posted My Top 10 Fee-based Genealogy Sites this past week, so I’ve made it the challenge this week (thanks to Linda Stufflebean for the suggestion!).

2)  List your Top 5 or 10 top fee-based genealogy sites, and a short reason for listing them.

3)  Share you list on your own blog, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a link to your list wherever it is.

Here’s mine:

1)  Ancestry.com — it has the most record collections, the most complex search system, the most record hints, etc.  I do a lot of my record finding there.  I’m in it every day.

2)  AmericanAncestors.org — I have so many New England ancestral families and AA has so many records that other sites don’t have.  This is my go-to site for probate records in estate file form, for many vital records, etc.  I’m in it every week at least.

3)  FamilyTreeWebinars.com — this is my favorite education site, with several recorded webinars every week and a library of about 1,400 webinars.  Amazing breadth her.  I’m in it every week.

4)  MyHeritage.com — it has many collections, and some are unique to MyHeritage.  The record hints are more accurate than any other site.  I love the search by source for people in my MyHeritage tree.  I’m in it several times a week.

5)  Newspapers.com — the newspaper collections are wonderful, but the OCR indexing leaves something to be desired.  I’m in this site several times a week, often as a result of a Hint on Ancestry.  

6)  Findmypast.com — it also has many collections, and some are unique to Findmypast.  I have many English (but no Irish, Scots or Welsh!) ancestral families so the breadth here is very useful.   I wish it had more from records Wiltshire and Somerset, though.  I use the NewspaperArchive and PERSI links occasionally.  I’m in this site several times a week.
7)  GenealogyBank.com — this newspaper site (plus other useful collections) is excellent, and includes the San Diego papers.  I’m in this site at least once a week.

8)  Geni.com — this collaborative family tree can be very useful for finding one-name study people, for other researchers with my ancestors, and for relationships with famous people.  I’m in it at least once a week.

9)  Fold3.com — this site is my go-to site for military records, and it used to be the only site with indexed city directories and big city newspapers.  I’m in this site several times a month.

10)  FamilyTreeDNA.com (I count this as fee-based because I had to pay to use it) — this DNA site is excellent, and the family trees can help me find distant cousins and most recent common ancestors.

That’s my ten.  I don’t use Archives.com or VitalSearch.com; I do use 23andMe.com but they don’t have match’s trees; I don’t have a GEDmatch Tier 1 subscription; I do have a Genetic Affairs monthly subscription which was very helpful for DNA clusters before Ancestry canceled it;  I do have Virtual Genealogical Society and DNA Central subscriptions; I don’t subscribe to ScotlandsPeople or The Genealogist or any Irish fee site; I don’t have any other subscriptions to other fee-based sites to my knowledge.  I didn’t consider software programs, genealogical or historical societies (except for NEHGS/AmericanAncestors) subscriptions.  

I know I’ve missed or forgotten about some websites – I look forward to exploring some that others comment on.

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Let Genealogy Help You Find your long lost Invisible Irish

Let Genealogy Help You Find your long lost Invisible Irish Relatives

Invisible relatives may pertain to those people who are difficult to find or are hidden relatives perhaps. A relative can be considered missing if he or she does not appear even in one of the volume of records containing your family’s history. Detailed information of your invisible relative can be hard to uncover. You don’t probably suspect that he or she exists before you begin your research.

You need to know some of the reasons why such things happen.

-Women are most often categorized as invisible relatives. Keep in mind that women didn’t have legal identities of their own in many countries. They are not regularly mentioned in community records. In Ireland, property was rarely registered in the name of a woman from 18th to 19th century. When registration of civil marriages took place in 1865, only the father’s name of both couples is listed.

-If family members disapprove a relationship, thinking that it can bring disgrace to their family, they hide it consciously. For example, a widow who wanted to marry again but her children are all grown up.

-It runs in the tradition of the Irish, they always want to portray the best face and feet forward. They omit sad memories from the tales about their family. Thus, infants and young children who are already dead were never mentioned again.

-Some common records used in genealogy research are incomplete. The contents have entirely missed important things about the person. Maybe, they failed to anticipate that the latest generation would likely want to know about their origins. Some census in the U.S has this problem. Former spouses were never mentioned on the record as well as the date of immigration until 1900.

So, some Irish who are just starting to find their genealogy can face a lot of challenges. It is advisable not to rely much on what they find on the written records. However, any piece of information is important to help you in your research. No matter how small the information is, you can unravel many things once you dig deeper.

Never assume that the norms in the 20th and 21st century made sense 50, 100, or 100 years ago. Try to learn and understand that norms vary according to time and place. Considering all the records (both Irish and American) are helpful in solving the jigsaw puzzles of your life, in case your family already migrated in the U.S. This process is also similar in other countries.

There are factors that you should concentrate on when finding an invisible Irish relative. Checking the census can be effective in finding the persons who are related to the one you are looking for. Another is to learn some significant traditions associated with the place. For example, in Ireland, the naming tradition is very popular. Irish men name their oldest son after their grandfather. If the person is already married, then search for the marriage record. Take note, during the 1860, divorce is not favored in Ireland. So, better check for death records also in case the name changed.

Finally, be patient as your research progresses. After all, it is worthwhile to embrace your origin again and find the missing part of your life.

Ireland Genealogy: Finding the Irish inside You

The Irish are known to be hot blooded and pleasant people. They are also known to be hardworking people and have that distinct tight English accent. The Irish has a very rich culture and history where sometimes it was pleasant and some history have been quite bad for the Irish.

Today, the Irish population in America is considered to be the second largest in the United States. Making up 34 million in the year 2000 United States Census, the only larger self-reported ethnic group is German Americans.

Because of the Protestant persecution of Catholics, many Irish Catholics migrated to the United States. Even before the revolution, the American Irish populations were quite large in the United States. Most Irish served as domestic servants and most Irish American males worked in canal building and civil construction jobs in the Northeast of the United States.

In fact, there are so many Irish Americans in the United States that many people in New York who claimed to have Irish heritage have larger population than Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Most Irish Americans settled in the United States largest cities, namely, New York, Boston, as well as Chicago and San Francisco. You will also find small but tight Irish communities all over the United States. So, if you have Irish blood and is interested about your Irish heritage, you should try and hire a genealogist that specializes in family cultural history, specifically the Irish culture to help you on your quest to find who you really are.

Finding your genealogy is a fun activity for your family. Who knows, maybe you are related to some of the famous Irish American in the United States. With the large numbers of famous Irish Americans, there is a large chance that you may find your Irish culture. In some cases and if you are lucky enough, there may be a chance that you may find your distant relatives still living in Ireland today.

The Irish are proud people and Irish Americans today are taking part of politics in the United States. Most Irish Americans also serve in the military, police, and as firefighters. In fact, John F. Kennedy is one of the most famous Irish Americans.

So, if you have that Irish blood in you and you want to rediscover who you are and where you came from, you can consider getting your genealogy traced. Who knows? You may be related to some of the most prominent Irish Americans living today.

By finding out about your family’s past, you will be able to know how your family lived and struggled during the hard times in the United States. Knowing about your proud history means that you are proud of being Irish. So, if you want to know more about yourself and about your family, try finding that Irish in you through various Irish American genealogy website or through professional genealogists who specializes in Irish American culture.

You will find many fascinating and sometimes amazing facts about your Irish decent that you can be proud of.